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See Disclaimer & Caveat
Regarding Resources on Prophetic Books
Updated June, 2010
The discerning reader should be aware that many of the commentaries on Song
of Solomon interpret this book allegorically. The "danger" is that
allegory searches for a hidden spiritual meaning that transcends the
literal sense of the sacred text. For example, the respected commentator
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) states that the Song of Solomon "is an allegory"
and goes on to add "that after the title of the book (Song of Solomon 1:1)
we have Christ and His church, Christ and a believer, expressing their
esteem for each other." This is not the
natural meaning but an allegorical
interpretation which begs the question of whose "allegory" or hidden meaning
is correct, a problem which is not faced when one interprets the text
literally. Commentaries that take a predominantly allegorical approach to
the Song of Solomon are not included in this list.
Jamieson, Fausset, Brown
Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
Not listed as his approach is not literal
Keil & Delitzsch
Commentary on the Old Testament
not always literal
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DISCLAIMER: Before you "go to the commentaries"
go to the Scriptures and study them inductively (Click 3 part overview of how to do
Bible Study) in dependence on your Teacher, the
Holy Spirit, Who Jesus promised would
guide us into all the truth (John 16:13).
Remember that Scripture is always the best commentary on Scripture. Any
commentary, even those by the most conservative and orthodox teacher/preachers
cannot help but have at least some bias of the expositor based upon his training
and experience. Therefore the inclusion of specific links does not indicate that
we agree with every comment. We have made a sincere effort to select only the
most conservative, "bibliocentric" commentaries. Should you discover some
commentary or sermon you feel may not be orthodox, please email your concern. I
have removed several links in response to concerns by discerning readers. I
recommend that your priority be a steady intake of solid Biblical food so that
with practice you will have your spiritual senses trained to discern good from