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From Odes 1 & 3 of the Odes of Solomon

By Greg Bartholomew

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Choir, SATB - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Greg Bartholomew. Christian, Jewish, Sacred, Repertoire, Recital. Octavo. 12 pages. Burke & Bagley #BB703. Published by Burke & Bagley (S0.17790).

Item Number: S0.17790

The Odes of Solomon are believed to have been written around the year 100 A.D., and include strong parallels to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Scholars have debated whether the Odes should be considered Jewish, Christian or Gnostic, and whether they were first written in Greek, Hebrew or Syriac. Early Christian writings refer to and quote from them. A Syriac manuscript containing the text of most of the Odes was discovered in 1909 by the English scholar J. Rendel Harris, and other partial texts in various languages have also been found. There are 42 Odes. Some fragments are still missing from Odes I and III, and no part of Ode II has yet been found. For these choral settings, I selected text from four of the Odes of Solomon which I found particularly compelling. The anonymous translation used here comes from The Gnostic Society Library.From the Odes of Solomon was premiered in concert on June 2, 2002, by the Ars Brunensis Chorus under the direction of conductor Roman Valek and choirmaster Dan Kalousek at the Husov Sbor, in Brno, Czech Republic. Their recording is available on CD.A "Back to School 2015" feature. Duration ca. 5 minutes. From Ode 1:The Lord is on my head like a crownAnd I shall not be without him.From Ode 3:I clothe his limbs, his own limbs, and hang from them. He loves me.How would I know how to love the Lord if he did not love me?And who can tell us about love?Only one who is loved.I love the beloved, and my soul loves him.I am where he reposes, and I will be no stranger to him,because he is not petty, my high merciful Lord.I have gone to join himfor the lover has found his beloved.

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