SEMINARY PAPERSCentral India Theological Seminary
Traditionally, it was attributed to Solomon, due inpart to the title, the six other explicit references toSolomon (1:5; 3:7,9,11; 8:11,12), and the threereferences to an unnamed king (1:4,12;7:5 [6Masoretic Text])…. The case for Solomon’s authorshipis not definitive, but the case against it is equally farfrom being sure… Even some liberal scholarship isnow insisting that the book could have originated inthe Solomonic era.
The Song of Songs is unique in its genre in the Old Testament.It is one of the most beautiful books of the Bible. The Song isthe amalgam of love-poems; an album of love. To limit itsmeaning to just allegorical, typological, or spiritual is notwhat the book was really intended for; to do that would beinjustice to the meaning the author intended. If the spiritualor allegorical was the meaning intended, the author wouldn’thave had a need to use such an expanded work of literarygenre to do that. He could have simply and directly statedthat. It should be noted that the book was read at thePassover. This practice may have developed later when theallegorical way of interpretation arose showing God’s love forHis beloved Israel in delivering her from Egypt. It issometimes also said, though I am not that sure of that, thatthe book was specially read at marriage ceremonies, and thatthose under the age of thirty were not permitted to read it;that would be perhaps because of the erotic nature of theSong; yet, in its purest sense, the Song is a song of pure loveof two lovers [Rabi Aqiba called it “the Holy of Holies”], and
Frank E. Gaebelein,
Expositor’s Bible Commentary, V.5
(Zondervan, 1991), p. 1210