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Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) What's Up With the Ending?

What's Up With the Ending?

You'd think that at the end, the lovers would either get together or die, right? Anyone who's seen a romantic comedy or read a Shakespeare tragedy knows how that works.Ā 

Well, these two definitely don't die, so does that mean they get together?


At the end, the bride's family finally gives a (sort-of) endorsement to the union between the two lovebirds, and according to some people, the whole thing takes place at a wedding. So, happy ending, pass the cake, etc. etc.

Of course, according to some people, the story ends where it began, on a note of longing and separation. After all, the final lines are "Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle." This is a throwback to 2:17, and seems to suggest some sort of circularity and non-resolution.

So...will there still be cake?

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