The Passionate Prince begins with an introductory study of authorship and canonicity where Balsley addresses these important questions. He then turns his attention to the issue of interpretation. He discusses the allegorical, literal, and typical (didactic moral) understandings of the book, eventually commending the literal approach.
The third major chapter of the Bible turns from history to reflection. Some scholars call Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon the “Poetic Books.” They certainly are poetic in the Hebrew sense of parallel thought or expression of ideas. But the thematic focus of these books is worship and wisdom.