Song of Solomon (Song of Songs)
Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) Setting
Where It All Goes Down
Springtime in Israel
Have you ever heard people talk about Song of Songs as describing wedding? That's definitely one way of looking at it. See, back in the day, there were elaborate wedding festivals where stuff like this would go on. But that doesn't mean that it's an exact recap:
It is not necessary, however, to suppose that the author has merely reproduced the songs of the rustic celebrations of his time; rather, a poet of high ability here sings of married love, following the lines of the festive customs, but giving free play to his imagination: such charm of style as the book shows is not to be looked for in rustic songs. (Source)
One thing's for sure. Whatever's going here, it's happening in the spring and it's happening outside. All of the best stuff happens with natural, pastoral images:
Come, my beloved,
let us go forth into the fields,
and lodge in the villages;
let us go out early to the vineyards,
and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love. (7:11-12)
Field-frolicking, vineyards, and implied sex? Sounds like a pretty nice romantic getaway. And in case you weren't sure about the pastoral setting, the Biblical writers have you covered. Whenever someone ventures out into the urban jungle (i.e., the sentinel interlude or in 8:12), it's either dangerous or undervalued. So yeah, stick to the fields, Shmoopers.