Shir ha Shirim???
Shir ha shirim (שיר השירים in Hebrew) means ‘Song of Songs‘. It is a Hebrew superlative that means something like ‘the song of all songs’, ‘the greatest/best song’. It is one of the shorter books of the Bible and also known under the title ‘the Song of Solomon’ or ‘Canticles’. It was most probably written in the 4th century BC.
The book contains erotic poetry that sometimes even subtly hints at pornography. As erotic poetry the text is quite comparable to poetry on the same subject from the same region and time in which the Song of Songs was written. It is composed as a dialogue between an man and a woman, at times interrupted by what in some translations is indicated as the ‘daughters of Jerusalem’ or ‘a choir’.
Both Jewish and Christian theologians have tried hard to explain away the physicality of the work. Whole libraries have been filled with interpretations. In the course of history the man and the woman, often referred to as ‘bridegroom’ and ‘bride’, have been variously interpreted as God and His chosen people, the believer and Wisdom, Christ and His church, God and mankind or simply ‘lovers’.