Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Title

Writer and Date

Genre and Interpretation

Purpose

Canonicity

Text

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. THE SUPERSCRIPTION 1:1

II. THE COURTSHIP 1:23:5

A. The Beginning of Love 1:2-11

1. Longing for the boyfriend 1:2-4

2. The girl's insecurity 1:5-8

3. Solomon's praise 1:9-11

B. The Growth of Love 1:123:5

1. Mutual admiration 1:122:7

Praise of one another 1:122:6

The refrain 2:7

2. Increased longing 2:8-17

3. The pain of separation 3:1-5

The Shulammite's nightmare 3:1-4

The refrain repeated 3:5

III. THE WEDDING 3:65:1

A. The Procession 3:6-11

B. The Consummation 4:15:1

1. The bride's beauty 4:1-7

2. The groom's request 4:8

3. The bride's love 4:9-11

4. The bride's purity 4:12-15

5. The bride's surrender 4:165:1

IV. THE MATURING PROCESS 5:28:4

A. The Problem of Apathy 5:26:13

1. Indifference and withdrawal 5:2-8

2. Renewed affection 5:9-16

3. Steps toward reconciliation 6:1-3

4. Restoration of intimacy 6:4-13

B. Communicating Affection 7:1-10

1. The wife's charms 7:1-6

2. The husband's desires 7:7-9

3. The ultimate unity 7:10

C. The Wife's Initiative 7:11-13

D. Increased Intimacy 8:1-4

V. THE CONCLUSION 8:5-7

VI. THE EPILOGUE 8:8-14

A. The Past 8:8-12

B. The Present 8:13-14

Conclusion

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