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Bibil Identifier bibil:223903
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Odes of Solomon as Apocalyptic Literature
Author Novak, Michael Anthony
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 66, Issue: 5)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 527-550 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Odes of Solomon is generally categorized as early Jewish-Christian apocrypha, particularly as a lyrics-book of early Christian worship songs. They give us a glimpse into earliest Christian worship and Christian understandings of the recent advent of the Messiah. As a matter of genre, they are easily discussed as liturgical texts, poetry, or musical lyrics. This examination reveals that the Odes are filled with themes of apocalyptic literature, far beyond the extent hitherto recognized. These apocalyptic themes situate the Odes in earliest Christian literature, revealing ties to the Johannine corpus, particularly to the Revelation, to “Two Ways“ catechetical literature, and to merkabah mysticism. In the Odes, there is revealed a need for a wider understanding of apocalyptic literature. Such recognition of other expressions of an apocalyptic worldview, transcending the boundaries of the formal genre of the apocalypse, would illumine relations among a variety of early Christian texts.
DOI 10.1163/157007212X635812
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Solomon : Odes of Solomon
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Apocalyptic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Revelation
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