An Atheistic Bible Study Of The Song Of Solomon Chapter 8
The Bible’s celebration of love and longing reaches its end in this chapter.
The lady protagonist dreams that Solomon was her brother suckling at their mother’s breasts alongside her – a rather incestuous reflection.
She imagines intoxicating Solomon with strong spiced wines and pomegranate juices. She pictures his arms enfolding her.
She is jealous of the other women of Jerusalem, from fear that they could attract Solomon’s attention before she does. She talks of love as a fire that can never be extinguished, even by flood waters.
She compares herself to her younger sister, seeing herself as having a fuller figure, and therefore more likely to appeal to Solomon if he visits her house.
She knows that Solomon is out visiting vineyards and pictures herself as a vineyard and she wishes Solomon would hurry up and visit her.
The song is a fantasy – about Solomon rather than by him, though if he did write it he imagines a woman he has not met longing for him. It would take immense vanity to see himself as so perfect a gift to women.
The song is wonderful writing, deserving more of a place beside the Kama Sutra than in the Bible.
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