• The first of the “Megilot” (collection of five scrolls, in the Jewish sequence of the biblical books)..
• A beloved collection of songs/poems in ancient Israel.
• Ratified by the rabbis of Yavneh as part of the Bible.
• Promoted by Rabbi Akiva as the prototype for the love and relationship betw God and Israel.
• A source of numerous other interpretations and insights on love, theology, and relationships –
over the midrashic era, the middle ages (Jewish and other traditions), and modern times.