Song Of Song Analysis

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This paper claims that the Song of Song is a marker and by product of ancient biblical communal and theological identity with core values that upholds sexual purity and emphasizes the essentiality of desire within covenant love relationship. This paper suggests that Song is an anthology of love songs that emerged from the oral tradition; revised and refined over a period of centuries from 10th to 4th century B.C.E through a medium technology analogous to the shared internet; and edited and recasted in its final form to produce a unified song. Supporting Evidence:
1. Oral rhetorical quality of the Song as rooted in the oral tradition
2. Presence of both early and late features of the Song
3. Intentional markings such as adjuration refrain
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Scholars agree on the heading “Song of Songs”, recognizing the Song as the ”best of songs”, the most excellent of songs, in like manner other superlatives are understood, such as the Holy of Holies was the most sacred part of the temple (Exod. 26:33; 1Kgs 8:6 and Lord of Lords, the lord above all lords, all powerful and mighty ((Ps. 136:3). However, there is contention on authorship. Traditional view of the Song, as held by early rabbis and church fathers, presume that Solomon wrote the Song because of 1:1 as well as the statement in 1 Kings 5:12 (BHS)/1 Kings 4:32 (NRSV) wherein it states that he composed one thousand and five songs as wells as three thousand proverbs. The Song, part of the triad of Solomonic books together with Proverbs and Ecclesiastes has been traditionally attributed to King Solomon. R. Hiyya Rabba declares that Solomon wrote all three books at an old age and the Song was the last one he wrote near his death On the other hand, Solomon. R. Yonatan reasons that the Song might have been among Solomon’s first compositions: “when a person is young, he recites song lyrics, when he matures, he says parables, and when he becomes an elder, he speaks of vanities and follies.” On the other hand, some modern scholars argue that the lamed in 1:1 does not have to imply scholarship, given its diverse use in the Hebrew Bible. Dell and Murphy infer that the reference to Solomon possibly places the Song in the wisdom genre, just like Proverbs and Ecclesiastes such that it gives instruction for wise living. Overall, authorship is currently generally unknown among modern scholars and that the “questions on authorship and interpretation are intertwined in the Song,” meaning one can only infer from the

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