Song of Solomon

The Shulamite is Important.

Did you know that the Shulamite, the beloved bride in Song of Solomon, is the sixth most mentioned woman in the Bible? Of course, she is not mentioned by name, but the bridegroom addressed her in many loving ways.

Therefore the Song of Solomon should not be neglected even though it is controversial and difficult to teach without some helps. A good study Bible will make it much easier to understand.

How Should the Song of Solomon be Interpreted?

Some use Solomon's special book to teach about the love of Christ for the church, but to do so one must broadly "apply" the actual content. Solomon obviously wrote about his love for the Shulamite who was a real woman. He often referred to her as "my sister, my spouse" especially in 4:8-12, perhaps the most intimate passages in the entire Bible, especially when taken together with 4:16 and 5:1.

4:10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than spices!  (Song of Solomon 4:10)

Some may argue that since the Shulamite was not Solomon's literal sister, it is ok to look beyond the physical relationship and speak of spiritual intimacy. In part, yes, but I believe there is a better way. -- Why not instead simply say, "If the God-given physical relationship in marriage which is described in Song of Solomon can be so wonderful (4:9), how much BETTER will each believer's relationships be with other believers and with the Lord Jesus in eternity where marriage, physical relations, and sin no longer exist?!"

20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:  (Luke 20:35)

Many people either never marry or become single again because of the death of a spouse. Many will lose a loved one (for a while) which is, of course, very difficult, but if they know the Lord, the future in heaven will be far BETTER for them (Phil. 1:23) just like it will be for every believer.

So let's take the Song of Solomon as it was originally intended, to show the emotional and physical nature of courtship and love in marriage on earth, which always has it's ups and downs, but in the process let's not forget that eternity in heaven will be far better for every believer, whether they were ever married on earth or not.

This graph shows where the various terms for women are used in the Song of Solomon. The high points are in 4:8-12 and 6:8-9.

The Shulamite & Her Brothers

The PLUS Bible study method which focuses on both negative and positive aspects of the story is used in this study. There are 15 lines on each worksheet which are to be judge as correct (C), incorrect (X), or partly correct (). Some lines are correct in one way but incorrect in another. Answers and applications are found on the fourth page.

Click the links above for the full four-page PFD files for this study.

© 2020 Jon F. Mahar, Hakusan City, Japan, Alexander, Maine, U.S.A.