Two Views on Song of Songs (Which I’m Too Tired to Evaluate)

Marvin Pope, Song of Songs, pages 108-109.

A certain Ginsburg said that a French Jewish writing on the Song of Songs interprets it as follows, though there are scholars who disagree with Ginsburg’s reading:

It interprets this Song as celebrating the virtuous love contracted between a humble shepherd and shepherdess; and likewise regards Solomon as a distinct person, whom the shepherdess adduces in illustration of her deep and sincere attachment to her beloved, affirming, that if this great king were to offer her all the slpendour and luxury of his court, she would spurn all, and remain faithful to her humble shepherd.

Many interpreters contend that Solomon was the shepherd and the woman was his shepherdess.  Others say that Solomon loved the shepherdess, but she loved the humble shepherd rather than Solomon.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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