A gnostic heresy, which may have been troubling the Colossian
church (2:8, 16-23), held that the pleroma was the whole body of heavenly powers and emanations that flow from God.
community is called, then, to resist attributing any positive value to any spiritual power other than Christ.
and Ephesian Haustafeln in theological context; an analysis of their origins, relationship, and message.
But Paul sent Onesimus back to be reconciled with his master, Philemon, a leader in the Colossian
1:27, [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: against `the common assumption that the phrase must mean "Christ among you"', Dunn decides for interpreting it of Christ not as `among' the Colossian
Christians but as `an immanent power within the personality (122 f.).
The second and longest part has a further four chapters which attempt, in interaction with evidence from the region, to reconstruct the Colossian
philosophy in relation to mystery initiation in the cults, the place of hostile powers, and the attitude to wisdom and ascetic behaviour.
1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10; Psalm 14, Response: The just will live in the presence of the Lord; 2nd Reading: Colossians
1:24-28; Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
This Sunday's 2nd Reading is from Colossians
Epigraphical Evidence Illustrating Paul's Letter to the Colossians
Following their successful "Colossians
Remixed", in the pages of "Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice", Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh unpack the meaning of Romans for its original context and for today.
The Market Drayton Methodist Church is taking part in the Methodist Church 'Bible month' focusing on St Paul's letter to the Colossians
. The sessions will go ahead at the church in Shrewsbury Road twice a day on June 4, 11, 18 and 25.
He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together (Colossians