The Importance of the Song of Solomon to Biblical Anthropology
Tonight’s program is going to serve two purposes. Firstly, it is a defense of the Song of Solomon, which is also sometimes called Canticles or the Song of Songs, as a Biblical book which belongs in our Scripture. Secondly, it will serve as an exposition of a paper recently published by Clifton Emahiser, which was titled It is Biblical to be Caucasian, Song. Chapters 4 to 7. Clifton’s paper was published at his website in four installments from August 2014 through February 2015.
The word anthropology is defined in Collins’ English Dictionary as “the study of humans, their origins, physical characteristics, institutions, religious beliefs, social relationships, etc.” Here we shall concern ourselves with only one aspect of the term: the physical characteristics of certain people in the Bible. Once we determine these characteristics, there is little doubt we may determine the general race of the ancient Israelites of Scripture.
No book of the Bible is more important in that respect than the Song of Solomon, and that will be the purpose of our program this evening. We continually hear denominational pastors claim that “Jesus may have been a brown man”, or “people in the Middle East are brown, so Jesus must have been brown”, examples of a variety of claims whereby they fully exhibit their anthropological ignorance. The Song of Solomon is one place where it is very obvious that the ancient Israelites were White. So Jesus, being a full-blooded descendant of David and Solomon, must also have been White.