Sunday, November 11, 2007
The lover in exile
Some commentators see in the Song a constant refrain relating to the longing for a return from exile. The two themes of restoration, and conversion of heart can be found in Jer. 31:18 “Bring me back, let me come back, for you are my God.”
Another interpretation connects Solomon with the sun god Tamuz who was called Shelem. The City of Jerusalem is also the city of the dead, and the Canticle is a collection or garland of songs, which are like paschal hymns in the cult of this liturgy of the dead.
“My beloved has gone down into his garden, to the beds of Balsam, to feed in the gardens, and gather lotuses” Here we picture steps leading downward to the garden of the dead. (Like the garden of Gethsemane)