Rels/Huma 213


THEY ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT

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SONG OF SONGS / SONG OF SOLOMON


  1. Reason why it was almost rejected. Its sensuous nature.


  1. Reason why it made the canon.


A. Attributed to Solomon


B. Treated as an allegory


C. Its popularity in song and wedding ceremonies.


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RUTH


  1. Reason why it was almost rejected.


A. Its sensuous nature. Ruth’s immoral behavior in seducing Boaz.


  1. Acceptance of a Moabite





III Major Passages 1:15-18, 2:5-7, 2:11-12, 2:14-16, 3:1-14, 4:1-18


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LAMENTATIONS


  1. Reason why it was almost rejected. Its extreme pessimism


  1. Reason why it made the canon.


  1. It was attributed to Jeremiah


  1. Psychologically it matched the feelings of the populace.


  1. It is extremely powerful and beautiful literature.


  1. Chapter 3, Verses 22 & 23 is extremely positive. It is the source of the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”


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ECCLESIASTES


  1. Reason why it was almost rejected.


  1. Its extreme pessimism


    1. Its view of the cyclical nature of reality which is more Greek than Hebrew.



  1. It was attributed to Solomon


  1. Psychologically it matched the feeling of the older populace.


  1. It is extremely powerful and beautiful writing. It is still the favorite for Bible-reading contests. See especially Chapter 12, Verses 1 - 8.


  1. Chapter 12, Verse 13 puts a very positive conclusion to the book that was exceedingly popular with religious leaders.

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