"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine."
With this sensuous line, the Song of Solomon raises the curtain on a remarkably passionate love story that sets this book apart from others in the Bible.
The Song of Solomon (also called the Song of Songs or Canticle of Canticles) contains love poems that date back to the 10th century B.C. They tell the story of two lovers who yearn for each other, in body and soul.
Jewish scholars have interpreted the text as an allegory of God's love for Israel. Some Christians see it as a metaphor for Christ's love of the church. Others see the Song of Solomon as simply a collection of ancient poems that celebrate the joys of human sexuality.
Since love and sex are integral parts of what makes us human, it's no surprise that many religions have sacred texts addressing this topic.
In honor of Valentine's Day, HuffPost Religion has collected just a few of the many loving lines from religious prophets, writers and philosophers.
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