If only you were my brother
that sucked at my mother's breast
Then I could kiss you no matter who was watching
and no one would criticize me.
I would bring you to my childhood home
and there you would teach me
I would give you spiced wine to drink
my sweet pomegranate wine.
Your left hand would be under my head
your right hand would embrace me.
Song of Songs 8:1-3
Something tells me that the anti-first amendment parents (see previous post) would have a big problem with this book. This book has been a puzzle to priests and rabbis for centuries.
Obviously,they reason, the book cannot be talking about carnal love (thy breast like two young roes?). So, it must have a deeper spiritual meaning. The general belief is that it is an allegory of God/Christ's love for the Church/Israel/the Virgin Mary. The style of the book is very similar to that of Egyptian love songs or those of Sappho, the lesbian Greek poet.
The tradition is that it was written by Solomon, but the style dates it to a period 500 years after his death. The old Church used to interpret most of the Bible as allegorical, so they followed suit with this book.The priests used to recommend (maybe they still do) that young priests not be allowed to study the text, for fear it would incite passions (!)
The problem is that nowadays, people want to take the Bible literally- and that interpretation makes the Song of Songs a fish out of water.
There was some question as to whether this book should even be included in the Hebrew canon- along with Ecclesiastes, which is dark and pessimistic. So, that is why it is technically "an almost banned book".
This book is a prime example for those who contest the depiction of sexuality in literature for religious reasons: this book is in the Bible and it's literal descriptions are as hot and heavy as some Harlequin romances, yet most people believe there is some deeper message there.
Books have layers.
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