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Songs of Songs – Understanding the Two Houses
In the words of Rashi, in his introduction to his commentary to the Song of Songs, we find numerous keys in understanding the prophetic language set forth in this beautiful love song between HaShem, the Creator and covenant Father of Israel, and His bride, the wayward and later restored 12 Tribes of Israel:
"that Solomon, with the aid of the holy spirit, foresaw that Israel in the future was going to endure one exile after another, one destruction after another, and that during this exile she would lament for her former glory and remember that first love when she was G-d’s special treasure out of all the nations, saying ‘I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better with me then than now’ (Hos. 2:9). And she would call to mind his mercies, and ‘their treachery which they committed’ (Lev. 26:40), and the good things which he promised to give them in the last days."
This whole prophetic song is the story of the marriage and covenant history of the
Nation of Israel, from its inception at Mt. Sinai, to the hope of the final redemption and restoration of the exiled Two Houses of Ephraim and Judah, into one restored United Kingdom of Israel, and Renewed Marriage with her Heavenly Bridegroom. It is a literary work of art and a theological masterpiece.
In the second century one of the greatest Jewish rabbis, Akiba ben Joseph, said,
"In the entire world there is nothing to equal the day on which the Song of Songs was given to Israel."
This Song contains symbolic language to express the timeless truths given to us by
Moses and the prophets. The Shulamite rewrites and relives the history of Israel through the mysteries of the written Torah, supported by the truths contained in the Oral Torah, as it was passed on from generation to generation by the Sages of Israel and the House of Judah.
It is only when we learn the Hebraic/Aramaic poetic language, that the Song of Songs ceases to be such a mystery. In a sense you can say that this song portrays the whole of Scripture in a nutshell.
Come with me on a wonderful journey, as we explore this "Ultimate Song", illuminated by the Aramaic translation of the Targum, and the commentaries of one of the great Sages of Israel, namely Rashi, and other Torah Scholars!
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