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Colossians, Epistle to the
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1. Occasion and Contents

Colossians was written to a church that Paul did not found. It was designed to strengthen the position of its founder, Epaphras (1:7–8; 4:12–13), when erroneous teaching threatened the congregation. The first part (chaps. 1–2) contains doctrine and polemics. After the opening greeting in 1:1–2 comes an introduction (vv. 3–20), whose beginning reminds us of Phlm. 4–5. It culminates in a soteriological formula in vv. 13–14 and a hymn to Christ in vv. 15–20. In the then-and-now schema …

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Lindemann, Andreas, “Colossians, Epistle to the”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1028>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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