A few objections against Solomon being the bridegroom are that Solomon was a king, not a shepherd (1:7), that he had hundreds of wives (versus 6:9, remembering that Solomon's first wife was an Egyptian princess and cannot have been the Shulamite), and that he was not a good role model for marriage (whether or not we take the book allegorically). Are these or any other objections strong enough to say that Solomon is not the bridegroom in the Song of Solomon?
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The bridegroom in the Song of Songs is clearly God of Israel and his lover is the people of Israel. This is the only explanation that makes solid sense.