Best 9 Song of Solomon Commentaries You Should Read First

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The title in the Hebrew text is “Solomon’s Song of Songs,” meaning a song by, for, or about Solomon. The phrase “Song of Songs” means the greatest of songs (cf. Dt 10:17, “God of gods and Lord of lords”; 1Ti 6:15, “King of kings”).1Source

The Song of Solomon contains beautiful poetry expressing romantic love between a young man and a young woman in ancient Israel. He is a shepherd (1:7) and she is a shepherdess (1:8). They are looking forward to their marriage and the pleasure it will bring.2Source







Best Commentaries on Song of Songs Commentaries


Best Solomon’s Song of Songs Commentaries



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Song of Songs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms)



Richard Hess begins the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series with volume 1: Song of Songs. The seven volume Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms is unique in that it combines poetry and Wisdom literature. It provides students and pastors with a careful reading of the text and its theological implications. Features include: the message of the biblical book at hand, attention to poetic structure and literary devices, author’s translation of the Hebrew text, canonical insights, textual notes and much more.



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Song of Solomon



Our culture holds the megaphone when it comes to talking about sex today. Yet the church has maintained a reputation for keeping quiet, hesitant to teach people about this sacred aspect of life. The Song of Solomon, however, holds nothing back as it sings loudly about the holy practice of sexuality and pushes us into the conversation with godly theology.

While this biblical text has been subject to a broader range of interpretation probably than any other book in the Bible, Wisdom Literature expert Doug O’Donnell offers this comprehensible guide to help uncoil its complexities and solve its riddles. He explores the poetry, themes, and wisdom of this song from a Christocentric perspective, and gives us a profound, rich, and witty reflection that encourages right thinking and behavior.

Showing how this “song of songs” is meant to teach us about biblical sexuality and God’s heart for his people, O’Donnell elucidates on the greatest subject of all time—love.



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The Song of Solomon



George Burrowes classic commentary on The Song of Solomon (previously published by Geneva Commentaries) has been revamped by Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc. with a foreward by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Still one of the best commentaries out there on The Song of Solomon, the translation of the text which the author has provided is excellent and it clarifies a number of difficult points.



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Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (The NIV Application Commentary Ecclesiastes)



Andrew E. Hill, PhD – a Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College – shares thoughtful perspectives on Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application



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Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)



Tremper Longman III presents the Book of Job for The New International Commentary on the Old Testament in a learned, yet accessible fashion. One of the strong points of this commentary is how Longman (Robert H. Gundry Professor ofBiblical Studies and chair of the Religious Studies Department at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California) explains matters in a way that is quite accessible to the layperson.

This series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions of its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. Each volume aims to help the reader hear God’s word as clearly as possible. unpacks for modern people what this ancient love poem says about the male-female relationship — and, by analogy, about God’s love for his people.





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Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther (New Studies in Biblical Theology)



These five Old Testament books, traditionally known simply as “the Scrolls,” are among the most neglected parts of the Christian Bible. In Judaism, the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther were eventually adopted as lectionary readings for five of the major festivals. In Christian tradition, however, no consensus has emerged about their proper use. Each book presents particular difficulties with regard to how it relates to the rest of Scripture and how it should be understood as the Word of God for us today



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The Song of Solomon: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)



The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking, the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries presents The Song of Solomon by Dr. Lloyd Carr – professor of biblical and theological studies and chairman of the division of humanities at Gordon College in Massachusetts. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The original, unrevised text of Song of Solomon has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the beautiful new cover design for the series.



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The Message of the Song of Songs (Bible Speaks Today)



Tom Gledhill shows the Song of Songs is a literary, poetic exploration of human love in his refreshing book The Message of the Song of Songs. This book is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.



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Calvin’s Commentaries (22 Volume Set)



Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.



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