* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Song of Solomon (Song of Songs)

Song of Solomon (Song of Songs)

God

Figure Analysis

Wait, what? God doesn't make a single appearance in Song of Songs. Why are we giving him his own shout-out?

Well, we want to take a minute to remind ourselves how stinkin' weird this is. God is everywhere in the Bible. Even in later books when God stops coming down and smiting people, he's still all over the place. He is the most present and compelling figure of the whole series, and the fact that he's absent here is staggering.

Here's the thing. When God's around, he kind of steals the show. So maybe the writer wants us as readers to focus on the lovers and their families. Maybe, Shmoopers, this is just a straight-up love poem.

P.S. Bonus points if you remember that God is also missing from the Book of Esther.

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement