February 8 Bible Study – Song of Songs (of Solomon)

Place: Rob’s parents’ (email ceanra@gmail.com for address)
Time: 7:15 socializing; 7:30 pm study
Theme: Mysteries of God and the Bible
Topic :  Song of Songs (of Solomon)

Hi Everyone!

I hope your week is going well so far 🙂 For this week’s study we will be taking a closer look at a book of the Bible that I consider quite puzzling: Song of Songs or Song of Solomon. How many times have you heard people quote it? How many times have pastors selected one of its verses as scripture reading? Probably not very many, and likely one of the main reasons is that this is a book that makes people a little……uncomfortable. Like all mysteries, we will  probably end up with more questions than answers, but that’s what makes it all the more interesting 🙂

During our study, we will be focusing on the history of this book, its author, its cultural context, its literary form, theologians differing thoughts on it, etc. Some of the questions we will discuss are: Why is this book in the Bible? Is it really an allegory/extended metaphor of God’s love for His people represented by the love between a man and a woman? Is Solomon really the author? Does this book have any theological implications or is it just a poem/historical book/love story? Are certain graphic passages really necessary to convey its point?

To prepare for this study, try to read a little bit of this book in your Bible or get an overlook in Wikipedia. This website also contains some quick facts.

As always, feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. See you guys on Friday, have a blessed rest of the week! 🙂

Cecilia

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