Marriage Hymns of the Song of Songs

Let him kiss me with his mouth’s kisses!
Truly, sweeter is your love than wine…
(Song of Songs, 1:1-4)

The theme of love runs like a golden strand through the Bible. In the first century Rabbi Akiba said that all the Bible was holy but one book, the Song of Songs, was the “holy of holies.” Attributed to King Solomon, this is where the theme of love is most poignantly portrayed. Here we have the voice of the lover and the beloved, singing of their affection and yearning for each other, their loneliness and fulfillment, passion and delight. Jewish rabbis as well as Christian theologians and mystics hear in these ancient poems of love a description of the spousal relationship between God and humans. They also recognize that the loving of a couple is itself an expression of divine love.
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