Mormons vs. the Song of Solomon

More on the subject of a previous post.

Whether Solomon is actually the author is doubtful. The composition has many beautiful phrases and lyrical prose, often quoted in nonreligious literature.

Song of Solomon — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–Day Saints

Solomon had too many wives, according to the First Books of the Kings.

And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. … And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

1 Kings 11:3, 1 Kings 11:6

That’s a lot of angry women in the library. Did Solomon do such evil in rejecting them? How does he answer those charges?

There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number. My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.

Song of Solomon 6:8–9

Those other women are nothing but jealous bridesmaids. And who was his wife?

am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

Song of Solomon 1:5

She was a black woman, and the story of their love is also documented in 1 Kings 10:1–13 and 2 Chronicles 9:1–12. And what does Jesus say?

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

Luke 11:31

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