Song of Solomon Revealed

Welcome today to Owen Sypher, author of The Song of Solomon Revealed. I was initially drawn to this book by the title, the subject matter, and the beautiful cover.

The Song of Solmon is the last section of the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, and the fifth Book of Wisdom in the Christian Bible. It is also known as Song of Songs, Canticles, or Canticle of Canticles. It is composed of a dialogue between two lovers, praising each other, and the 'chorus,' the Daughters of Jerusalem. It has long been viewed as an allegory for the love between God and Israel, or the love of Christ for his Church.

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I appreciated the chance to read more in-depth about this book, to do some deeper digging into its history, theology, meanings, and so on. Mr. Sypher has done a great deal of research and there is much to learn in his book, as he works through the eight chapters of Song of Solmon, explaining history, etymology, specific meanings of many of the original Greek and Hebrew words, and drawing numerous connections between Song of Songs and other books of the Bible, giving richer meaning and deeper understanding to each.

An example would be Song 4:3. Thy lips like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely. Mr. Sypher draws from this the idea that our words should be words of redemption and grace, and goes on to draw a connection between this verse and the line of scarlet thread which Joshua's spies told Rahab to hang from her window as a sign of protection. The thread of scarlet would be their safety, their redemption.

Mr. Sypher discusses other instances of scarlet, and its symbolism in the Bible--symbolism of a type of sin or of the blood of Christ. In other sections, we learn more of spikenard, mandrake, and camphire (as three examples) which help illuminate what is being said in Song of Songs.

If you're interested in theology and digging deeper into chapter and verse, you may really enjoy this book. It has certainly inspired me to do more reading.

There are two things that I would suggest that would greatly improve this book. The first is to give some qualifications and more variety of sources. If I were reading a non-fiction book on biology, chemistry, history, or any other subject, I would want to know something of the author's background and expertise on his subject matter. A Ph.D.? Fifteen years of self-study? Discussions with theological scholars? Many years of leading a Bible study or pastoring a church? I have no problem with reading a book written as a result of self-study. People can learn a great deal and gain profound insight and wisdom from self-directed study. Either way, I would like to know what an author's qualifications and background are in relation to his writing. In other words--what is an author basing his material on?

This leads us to sources: the Biblesoft 5 computer program and several websites dominate. As one who does a great deal of research myself (and has throughout life, on a number of topics), I think it's not merely important, but critical to study a broad variety of resources, to compare and contrast, to consider multiple ideas and viewpoints on a given topic. While the resource primarily used may be a good one, I believe scholarly work should not rely so heavily on one source.

The second thing I would really like to see with this book is better presentation. The content itself has value, but the presentation is a huge distraction, with frequent editing issues and inconsistent formatting.

About the Author

Owen L. Sypher is a devoted servant of the Lord. At eleven years old, he started a spiritual journey to discover and understand God and his word.

In 1979, he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Since then, he has had fellowships with the same group. Song of Solomon is his first book. You can visit his website at 


Author: Owen Sypher
Publisher: Litfire Publishing, LLC
Pages: 308
Genre: Religion/Bible Studies

The book of Song of Solomon is a spiritual book full of allegories or pictures where God used the natural to show the spiritual. By using the keys of understanding found in the Bible the author has unlock the hidden meaning of the book of Song of Solomon.

The book of Song of Solomon is about the love that Jesus has for his bride. When looked at from this angle a lot of the verses makes more sense.

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