The Bible and Beyond Podcast Episode
How the Beautiful Odes of Solomon Enhance Jewish-Christian Dialogue
An Interview with Samuel Zinner, PhD, and Mark M. Mattison
Samuel Zinner and Mark Mattison, translators of the Odes of Solomon, illustrate interrelated elements of Jewish and Christian thought throughout the odes. Some examples from Isaiah demonstrate new ways of thinking about the age-old debates. People often think the Odes are a praise to Jesus. But as Zinner points out, the odes are written to represent words of Jesus in praise to God, not the worship of Jesus.
Samuel Zinner, PhD, is an award-winning author and scholar whose fields include Holocaust studies, ecumenism, ancient religious texts, and translations. He is also a documentary script writer, having worked with Jean-Claude Bragard, the creator of award-winning programs for the BBC. Zinner has collaborated with eminent scholars on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Hebrew scriptures.
Mark Mattison, is an independent scholar of ancient Christian texts. He has written several books on gospels not included in the canon. Mark is one of the editors of the Divine Feminine Version of the New Testament, a contributor to Christian Feminism Today, and the administrator of one of the websites we frequently refer to on Early Christian Texts, Gospels.net.