The Bible's most erotic book has long been understood as a metaphor.
We don't read it in synagogue, and we aren't used to reading collections of maxims like this — so how should we get the most out of reading Proverbs?
Personalities of the Bible
Best-known to us as King David's prophet, Nathan should perhaps better be known as the man who ensures Solomon's rise to the throne of Israel.
Song of Songs is unique among biblical texts for its pure expression of love.
Read during the week of Passover, this biblical text is an unabashedly sensuous paean to love.
Son of King David, builder of the temple, author of three biblical works and the wisest of men, Solomon looms large in Jewish tradition — and beyond.
Traditionally read during Sukkot, the Book of Ecclesiastes grapples with the meaning of life.