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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

a reason for accepting the Solomonic authorship of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

Ok, sure. Linguistic considerations make Solomonic authorship of Ecclesiastes more unlikely than the revival of Sanjaya's singing career. And, yeah, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs are about as explicit about Solomonic authorship as Clinton was about what else the definition of "is" might be. But you have to admit that there is something appealing about the thought that a single roguish writer is responsible for the two most mischievous books in the Bible. That's gotta count for something.
But I too have my doubts about Solomon's having penned either of these works. I don't have any suggestions as to who wrote Ecclesiastes. However, I do propose as an alternative to Solomonic authorship of Song of Songs the theory that the Song was written by Marvin Gaye. For further elaboration of this theory see my forthcoming monographs "What has Jerusalem to do with Motown?: Marvin Gaye and the Soul of Solomon" and "If You Feel Like I Feel, Baby: An R&B Re-Reading of the Song of Songs."


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