Scholars tell us the Odes of Solomon date no earlier than approximately 100 AD; as sources acknowledge its general Christian background, while others claim these writings have no relation to the Old Testament nor the Gospels at all…despite how these misconceptions can seem blatantly obvious in some cases. A dignified historical background on the text can be found in the free PDF linked above.
Fortunately, in these Last Days, we have the blessing of new revelation, and tools like the internet, leaving these long-thought-to-be mysteries open for unveiling to anyone who has the eyes to see.
As the Messianic prophetic aspect of the Odes of Solomon can be easily understood today, the conceptual dating of these texts scholars have proclaimed can likely be discredited as well through discernment alone, despite whatever manuscripts we may have.
Like many characters of the Bible (whether be Moses, Joshua, Samson, King David, etc.), we know stand as foreshadows of Messianic prophecy. King Solomon of course can be studied out to be no different.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.Ecclesiastes 3:15 (KJV)
He himself wrote of this very truth.
The Song of Solomon also serves as an irrefutable weight of evidence for it’s obvious revelatory insight into the Bride of Christ; found in Old Testament prophecy, but made more clear through the revelations brought on through Jesus of Nazareth.
Given this understanding, while discerning the Odes in actuality speak much about the Second Coming and Millennial Reign of Christ, one could make a strong case for King Solomon being the very author of these texts; as the scripture supports:
Solomon composed three thousand proverbs, and his songs numbered a thousand and five.1 Kings 4:32 (BSB)
In addition to all these puzzle pieces without coincidence that seem to fit so perfectly together, the apocryphal Second Book of Esdras leaves behind a story of exactly what purpose all these pre-Christ extra biblical texts serve, from which we still have today throughout the scriptural archive:
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37 So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we proceeded to the field, and remained there. 38 And on the next day a voice called me, saying, “Ezra, open your mouth and drink what I give you to drink.” 39 So I opened my mouth, and a full cup was offered to me; it was full of something like water, but its color was like fire. 40 I took it and drank; and when I had drunk it, my heart poured forth understanding, and wisdom increased in my breast, for my spirit retained its memory, 41 and my mouth was opened and was no longer closed. 42 Moreover, the Most High gave understanding to the five men, and by turns they wrote what was dictated, using characters that they did not know. They sat forty days; they wrote during the daytime, and ate their bread at night. 43 But as for me, I spoke in the daytime and was not silent at night. 44 So during the forty days, ninety-four books were written. 45 And when the forty days were ended, the Most High spoke to me, saying, “Make public the twenty-four books that you wrote first, and let the worthy and the unworthy read them; 46 but keep the seventy that were written last, in order to give them to the wise among your people. 47 For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the river of knowledge.” 48 And I did so.Second Esdras 14:37-48 (NRSV)
Whether this story is historically accurate or not, its claims are exactly what we see to hold true in the Old Testament extra biblical archive. As the canonical books were said to be meant for the worthy and the unworthy to read, the extra texts we find even today consistently provide astounding revelation into the Christ to come — as the Son of God — and the Elohim trinity Godhead: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The Odes of Solomon is merely just one of a multitude of textual verifying witnesses to such revelation!
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Personally, I thus whole-heartedly believe King Solomon was indeed the original author of these Odes.
In the following ode-by-ode studies, each one will be dissected scripturally and prophetically, as never done before. Not only are we living in a time where these texts can be finally unveiled for their true context, but also many of their fulfillments are likely at our very door! So as we gain an understanding into our imminent future, I pray these studies can serve as a bridge between today’s Old Testament and New Testament religious differences; giving the revelation of the all-sovereign Christ-Elohim trinity Godhead, as many of the extra biblical Hebrew texts indeed do.