As we may read Psalm 23 as David’s epitaph: “. . . and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever”; so maywe read Ecclesiastes as Solomon’s epitaph: “Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes offers a grim summary of all Solomon learned in his long and storied life.
In 1 Kings 4: 32 we read that Solomon’s songs “numbered a thousand and five”: the Song of Songs is #1 on the Hit Parade. A frankly erotic love poem, the Song of Songs speaks of fiery romantic love and crushing loss. As an allegory, it may also speak of God’s lovefor Israel and of Christ’s love for the Church.