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Why did Song of Songs become part of the Old Testament?



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The Jewish Academy established in Jamnia, near Jaffa, debated which of all the mass of ancient texts truly held God's authority and which, being merely the work of pious people, did not. Rabbi Akiva, a fierce conservative, saved the Song of Songs for the Bible holding that it was the holiest of all the scriptures, but forbade its singing in beerhalls. It has been suggested that the Song of Songs was originally the libretto of a small opera of the day.