Michael D. Coogan

in The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780195288803
Published online April 2009 |

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Song of Songs, a superlative, “the best song,” like “king of kings” (Dan 2.37 ). Which is Solomon's, i.e., either “about Solomon” (he is named in 3.9,11 ), or more likely, “by Solomon” (as in Tg); it was common practice in antiquity to attribute authorship to a well‐known figure, e.g., David (Ps 3.1; 4.1 ), Solomon (Prov 1.1 ), Jeremiah (Gk of Lamentations). The Song, though, because of its relatively late date, was clearly not written by Solomon.

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