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SONG OF SONGS- Domenico Morelli

English:  Song of Songs
Hebrew:  שׁיר השׁירים
Transliterated:  Shir HaShirim
Other names:  Song of Solomon

 

whoWho

Wrote the book:  Solomon
Are the key people:  Solomon, the Shulammite woman, and friends
Is it written to:  The people of Israel

 

whatWhat

The wedding (Song of Songs 1:1-2:7)
The courtship (Song of Songs 2:8-3:5)
The engagement (Song of Songs 3:6-5:1)
A troubling dream (Song of Songs 5:2-6:3)
The bride's beauty (Song of Songs 6:4-7:9)
The bride's appeal (Song of Songs 7:9-8:4)
The power of love (Song of Songs 8:5-14)

 

whenWhen

Was it written:  c 1000 BCE
Did the events occur:  c 1000 BCE
Was it canonized:  c 499-100 BCE
(see the Timeline of the Tanakh)

 

whereWhere

Was it written:  In Jerusalem
Did the events occur:  The land of Israel

 

whyWhy

Song of Songs was written to inform us that: 
Sexual relations are a blessing from G-d.
Physical intimacy has intense power on those involved.
Love and physical intimacy require commitment.
A lack of physical intimacy can cause problems within a marriage.

 

whyIntroduction

The Song of Solomon is a combination of poetry and wisdom literature that (according to common interpretation) celebrates the marital intimacy between a man and a woman that G-d intended to occur within marriage. It is a collection of love poems that alternately relate the thoughts of the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests. In Hebrew this book is called the "Song of Songs" and is generally attributed to Solomon, however, some scholars consider it to be anonymously written about him.

 

 

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Yom Rivi'i, 13 Kislev, 5779

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