Topic: Literary Approaches to the Song of Songs

Thread Prompt: After reading “The Message of the Song of Songs” by Paul J. Tanner (Bib Sac 154, 1997) (access the PDF link below), you must develop answers to the prompts below (minimum 400 words). Interact with specific details and issues raised in the assigned article as you answer each of the prompts. You are permitted to use outside scholarly sources and the Bible in your responses.

  • Explain the essence of Tanner’s argument that parallels in the structure of the Song of Songs are critical to interpreting the book. What is the message of the book according to Tanner?
  • Explain Tanners view concerning the message of exclusivity in love within the context of Solomon’s polygamy? In Tanner’s view, who is the hero of the Song of Songs?
  • Explain your approach to the Song of Songs. Does Tanner’s article support your view or challenge it?

Reply Prompt: You will be required to reply to at least 1 other classmate’s thread in a minimum of 200 words. Be sure that your reply engages specific issues, questions, or passages related to the thread. Your reply must demonstrate that you have read the thread in its entirety and that you are providing thoughtful analysis (considering assumptions, analyzing implications, and comparing/contrasting concepts). In current Turabian format please.