A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible eBook

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(d) Verses 17 and 18.

2.  The Pronouns of the First Person.

(a) Underline and count.

(b) In what verses not found?

3.  The Pronouns of the Second Person. (Or word referring to God.)

(a) Underline and count.

(b) In what verses not found?

4.  Select an example of as many of the seven specific characteristics as are found in this psalm.

5.  Meaning of the following words or phrases:  Verse 8, “Sheol.”  Verse 9, “wings of the morning.”  Verse 16, “thy book.”


I. Author.

II. Names:

(1) Song of Solomon.

(2) Song of Songs.

(3) Canticles.

Give the meaning of each.

III. General Description:

It is probably an allegorical drama.  It pictures the love of Solomon to a princess, typifying, as many believe, the love of Christ to the Church.  Read Ephesians 5 and be prepared to answer questions thereon.  Richard Moulton describes it as containing seven idyllic poems.

IV. Words of Explanation:

1.  Its Oriental tinge must be remembered.  In the Occident uncovered breasts would be an impropriety, but not in the Orient.

2.  The revised version removes some questionable utterances.  Compare in the two versions 1:13 and 5:14.

3.  Were we less sensual we could better appreciate its beauty.  The beautiful in art is greatly lost by the impurity of our fleshly nature.  So the beautiful in this poem.

4.  It is a poem, hence the author uses the poetic license.

5.  The poem needs a division into its parts, and a naming of parts, places and speakers, for a clearer understanding.  Students of the poem have made this division.  The following is a sample: 

1.  Antechamber of Palace.—­Bride and Ladies.—­Welcome to Home.—­1:2 to 1:8.

2.  Audience Room of Palace.—­Bride:  Groom:  Attendants.—­First Interview.—­1:9 to 2:6.

3.  Palace Window.—­Bride:  Groom.—­Serenade and Invitation.—­2:7 to 2:17.

4.  Private Chamber.—­Bride.—­Search:  A dream.—­3:1-4.

V. Phrases Worthy of Remembrance:

1.  Three descriptions applied to Christ. 2:1.  Find two others in Chapter 5.

2.  Our Lord’s banner. 2:4.

3.  The double possession. 2:10.

NOTE.—­Write these phrases in full, with locations.


I. Author.

II. Derivation and Meaning of Word.

III. Literary Form and Arrangement:

1.  They are arranged in masses rather than logical groups.  They are poetical in form.

2.  They are chiefly couplets of two kinds: 

(a) Contrasted thoughts, joined usually by the connective “but.”  Example, 28:1.

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