I've been reading the song of Solomon and it's a beautiful book, written as a love song and abounding in metaphors and imagery. Historically, it depicts the wooing and wedding of the shepherdess by King Solomon with the joys and heartaches of wedded love. Allegorically, it pictures Israel as God's bride and the church as the bride of Christ.
At least that is how my bible commentary depicts the book. I was wanting to know how have you understood this book to mean and who would it apply too?
I would say, that first reading it would apply to Solomon, when I can also see it's depicting the relationship of God to Israel much like the book of Hosea. So in may question in how to read and understand this book would be in what scriptures do the church apply and not Israel?