The Song of Songs has exercised the minds of many of the most devout Jewish and Christian commentators down the centuries. Their dilemmas include:
- Why did it find a place in the holy Scriptures in the first instance?
- How can a book that contains such suggestive language, that does not mention the name of God, and that no New Testament writer has quoted, be part of the Scriptures?
- Is it an allegory?
- Is it typology?
- Or should we take the natural reading, and take it at face value?
The author considers these, and many more problems thrown up by the Song of Songs and, surprisingly, shows its relevance for Christians today.