There is a great deal of disagreement about many things regarding Song of Songs. Is it an allegory, a way to relate deep spiritual truth with no real places or people or truth of its own—an extended metaphor? Or, is it simply a poetic testimony of real human hopes and dreams, feelings and desires—true love as God intended in the beginning? Or, is it something else, such as a drama meant to be sung or acted out? Or perhaps an Old Testament “type” foreshadowing a New Testament truth? Even now, none of the experts can agree.
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Ecclesiastes simply means teacher or preacher, and that is Solomon’s role in this book as he shared wisdom on the meaning of life. He wove several themes together in an overlapping collage which is very arty and clever and serves for effective reasoning but makes an outline very difficult!
It is thought that Song of Songs reflects Solomon’s early years and Proverbs his mid-life while Ecclesiastes was written in his old age after realizing and repenting of truly phenomenal foolishness.
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