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Song of Solomon
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The Song of Solomon (also Canticles, also Songs of Songs—i.e., the finest song) is ascribed to Solomon (1:1). It is a collection of some 30 love lyrics. In 12 of these a woman is speaking; she expresses her longing for her lover, describes her dreams of love, and speaks of her union with her lover and of his handsome form. In 8 songs a man speaks, recounting the beauty of his beloved, of the good fortune and riches that s…

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Würthwein, Ernst, “Song of Solomon”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.49>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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