Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

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The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. The BEEC aims to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and to update the historiography.

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Odes of Solomon

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Author(s): Vleugels, Gie
This remarkable collection of songs that circulated in early Christian communities under the name Odes of Solomon highlights the mission of Christ, the Son of the almighty God. It shows a unity and a neat development of one major theme, namely the Messiah, the son of the Most High, who became human to free his pepople from the bonds of Sheol (Hades) and lead them to paradise.AuthorshipSpeculation that King Solomon had to be the poet behind the Odes was probably based on the claim in the Old Testament that Solomon authored 1,005 songs (1 Kgs 4:32). However, in view of the…
Date: 2019-08-09