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Kevin, it is one thing to pull out a couple of verse out of context and have them say what you hope they say, but it is another faithfully interpret the text as written. What you have done is not exegesis, but rather eisegesis (pronounced “I See Je-sus”)! I’m afraid you have completely missed the point of the book. It is a celebration of the sexual prowess of Solomon from the viewpoint of a beautiful African slave girl.
She was an African slave girl? Where does it say that in scripture? Just wondering.
She says that she is “black and beautiful” and that she keeps the vineyards of others, and not her own. Israelites kept slaves. Of course, she could have been a “strange woman” – a foreigner traveling solo as an independent woman in Jerusalem, but that’s a bit of a stretch in such society.
Have you read Song of Solomon? She is black because the sun has darkened her, 1v6, not because she is African.
Also, her own family made her the keeper of the vineyard because they were angry with her, 1v6, not because she was a slave to an Israelite.
Also, it mentions in chapter 6v8 that there were sixty queens and eighty concubines plus. Why would he choose an African slave over the others?
It has been suggested that she was a Palestinian young woman, but if this is in the Song of Solomon I’ve missed it.
Maybe someone could point it out.
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