The Odes, or short poems, which are associated with the name of Solomon, constitute one of the most puzzling pieces of early Christian literature. These psalms, or ‘Odes’ were re-discovered for what they were only in 1909. Since then, scholars have laboured to be sure of the text and its origins – in language, dating and theology. Some translations are available in the West; this translation is the first in India for general reading – by an Indian monk, with meditations. For those wanting to delve into the Odes’ background, and how they were originally understood, the commentaries lead to further reading, although that’s just the beginning.