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SONG OF SONGS 1. Please read pages 456-460 in RTOT. Also, if you have time, read the book of Song of Songs or just chapters 1 and 7-8. 2. Please read the article (handout), “The Greatest Songs” by Peter Paulson. What are your reactions to how Song of Songs might be used in a congregational setting? What was the main point of the article? 3. What are the main ways that Song of Songs can be interpreted? How did the book make it into the Hebrew canon? 4. What is the most appropriate general description of the content of Song of Songs? Who are the main characters? Is Song of Songs an anthology or does it have a plot? When might the book have been composed? 5. Do you think the book is too long? Does Song of Songs have a clear structure? Do you like its sentiment? If a classic has these characteristics - antiquity, rarity, value and beauty - is Song of Songs a classic? Have you ever been this passionately committed to love? 6. How does Song of Songs fit into the “big picture” of the Old Testament? 7. According to the Song of Songs, who or what is as strong as death and Sheol? How might this be preached in a marriage sermon?
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