Technically the Odes are anonymous, but in many ancient manuscripts, the Odes of Solomon are found together with the similar Psalms of Solomon, and Odes began to be ascribed to the same author. Unlike the Psalms of Solomon, however, Odes is much less clearly Jewish, and much more Christian in appearance.
(i) The Lord Is…
(i) (No part of this Ode has ever been identified.) p. 121
(i) The first words of this Ode have disappeared.
(i) This Ode is important because of the historical allusion with which it commences.
Note: This may refer to the closing of the temple at Leontopolis in Egypt which would date this writing about 73A. D.
(i) A wonderfully, simple and joyful psalm on the Incarnation. p. 124
(i) Note the sudden transition from the person of the Psalmist to the person of the Lord (v.10). This is like the canonical Psalter in style.
(i) We shall never know surely whether the wars referred to here are spiritual or actual outward wars. p. 125
(i) A vigorous little Ode in which Christ Himself is the speaker.
(i) A beautiful sketch of Paradise regained and the blessedness of those who have returned to the privileges of the fallen Adam. p. 126
(i) An exceptionally high level of spiritual thought. p. 127
(i) A strange little Ode.
(i) This Ode is as beautiful in style as the canonical Psalter.
(i) One of the loveliest Odes in this unusual collection. p. 128
(i) The beauty of God’s creation.
(i) A peculiar change of personality, scarcely realized until the return from it in the last verse. p. 129
(i) A man who had a spiritual experience brings a message.
(i) Fantastic and not in harmony with the other Odes. The reference to a painless Virgin Birth is notable. p. 130
(i) A mixture of ethics and mysticism; of the golden rule and the tree of life.
(i) A remarkable explanation of the “coats of skin” in the third chapter of Genesis. p. 131
(i) Like the Psalms of David in their exultation because of freedom.
(i) The reference to the sealed document sent by God is one of the great mysteries of the collection.
(i) The mention of the Dove refers to a lost Gospel to which there are rare references in ancient writings. p. 133
(i) Back again to personal experience.
(i) Remarkable praise.
(i) The human body makes a cross when a man stands erect in prayer with arms outstretched.
(i) This Ode is a musical gem. p. 134
(i) Again reminiscent of the Psalms, of David. p. 135
(i) An invitation to the thirsty.
(i) A song that Marcus Aurelius might have known when he said “Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break.”
(i) Joy and light.
(i) A virgin stands and proclaims (v. 5). p. 136
(i) True poetry–pure and simple.
(i) “No cradled child more softly lies than I: come soon, eternity.”
(i) Theologians have never agreed on an explanation of this perplexing Ode. p. 137
(i) An elementary Ode.
(i) A beautiful description of the power of truth. p. 138
(i) One of the few allusions to events in the Gospels–that of our Lord walking on the Sea of Galilee.
(i) A song of praise without equal. p. 139
(i) We discover that the writer may be a Gentile (v. 8).
(i) The Odes of Solomon, the Son of David, are ended with the following exquisite verses. p. 140
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