Known until the eighteenth century only from fragmentary quotations and references in patristic literature, more recent discoveries of Greek, Coptic, and Syriac manuscripts have drawn fresh interest and attention to the Odes of Solomon, a collection of Christian poetry from the second century rich in imagery and exhibiting an exotic spirituality. Internationally renowned expert on the Odes Michael Lattke provides a meticulous translation and discussion of the textual transmission of the Odes, along with judicious commentary on the place of the Odes in the development of Gnosticism, Logos theology, and early Christian worship. Historians and students of early Christianity will find this commentary a valuable resource for years to come.
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Michael Lattke is emeritus professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at the University of Queensland, teaching New Testament and early Christianity, Greek, Syriac, Coptic, and Greco-Roman religions; he is the founder of the Brisbane Seminar Group for New Testament and Early Christian Studies, and is the author of numerous publications on the Apology of Aristides, the Odes of Solomon and the Psalms of Solomon.