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The Key Of Solomon The King

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The Key of Solomon the King

The Lesser Key of Solomon, or the Clavicula Salomonis Regis, or Lemegeton, is a compilation of materials and writings from ancient sources making up a text book of magic or "grimoire." Portions of this book can be traced back to the mid-16th to 17th centuries, when occult researchers such as Cornelius Agrippa and Johannes Trithemisus assembled what they discovered during their investigations into their own great works.

As a modern grimoire, the Lesser Key of Solomon has seen several editions with various authors and editors taking liberty to edit and translate the ancient writings and source material. In 1898, Arthur Edward Waite published his The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts, which contained large portions of the Lemegeton. He was followed by Mathers and Crowley in 1904 who published The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon.

At the Singer Salvage Yard, Sam is looking through the Key of Solomon. Bobby explains that the protective circles inscribed in the book can trap demons, including one with a demonic heptagram. When Meg arrives at Bobby's house to retrieve the Colt, she gets trapped in the protective circle and later exorcised. Before they leave, Bobby gives Sam the book in case they need it.

While Sam was possessed by Meg, Dean and Bobby trapped him in the same protective circle from the Key of Solomon. They attempted to exorcise Meg again, but she revealed to have branded Sam's forearm with a binding link, locking her inside Sam's meatsuit. She uses a spell that destroys the protective circle overhead and attacks. They later break the binding link and Meg vacates Sam's body.

Occultists supposedly attributed these manuscripts to King Solomon. However, The Key of Solomon's probable origin is during the European Renaissance around the 12th century. While King Solomon was the third king of the ancient United Kingdom of Israel, ruling for about forty years from 966 to 926 B.C [1].

The title in the Hebrew text is "Solomon's Song of Songs," meaning a song by, for, or about Solomon. The phrase "Song of Songs" means the greatest of songs (cf. Dt 10:17, "God of gods and Lord of lords"; 1Ti 6:15, "King of kings").

To find the key for unlocking the Song, interpreters have looked to prophetic, wisdom and apocalyptic passages of Scripture, as well as to ancient Egyptian and Babylonian love songs, traditional Semitic wedding songs and songs related to ancient Mesopotamian fertility religions. The closest parallels appear to be those found in Proverbs (see Pr 5:15-20; 6:24-29; 7:6-23). The description of love in 8:6-7 (cf. the descriptions of wisdom found in Pr 1-9 and Job 28) seems to confirm that the Song belongs to Biblical wisdom literature and that it is wisdom's description of an amorous relationship. The Bible speaks of both wisdom and love as gifts of God, to be received with gratitude and celebration.

Whether the Song has the unity of a single dramatic line linking all the subunits into a continuing story is a matter of ongoing debate among interpreters. There do appear to be connected scenes in the love relationship (see Outline).

Virtually all agree that the literary climax of the Song is found in 8:6-7, where the unsurpassed power and value of love -- the love that draws man and woman together -- are finally expressly asserted. Literary relaxation follows the intenseness of that declaration. A final expression of mutual desire between the lovers brings the Song to an end, suggesting that love goes on. This last segment (8:8-14) is in some sense also a return to the beginning, as references to the beloved's brothers, to her vineyard and to Solomon (the king) link 8:8-12 with 1:2-6. In this song of love the voice of the beloved is dominant. It is her experience of love, both as the one who loves and as the one who is loved, that is most clearly expressed. The Song begins with her wish for the lover's kiss and ends with her urgent invitation to him for love's intimacy.

And Solomon also knows that he isn't fully walking with God, and that his children will not always do so either, and that even though he prayed for God to fulfill His covenant with David, his father, that eventually the nation of Israel will fall away. 041b061a72


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