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Epistle to the Colossians

General Information

The Epistle to the Colossians is a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Scholars are divided on whether it was written by Saint Paul during one of his imprisonments after AD 60 or by a later follower of Paul who further developed some of his ideas. The author confronts a type of Gnosticism that taught that angelic powers rule the cosmos and that various ascetic and ritual practices are required of Christians. Against these teachings, the epistle shows that since Christ is ruler of the whole cosmos and has saved believers, neither fear nor extreme practices are appropriate. Colossians has many passages in common with the Epistle to the Ephesians, especially the passages that describe the church as a body, with Christ as its head.

Anthony J Saldarini

A Patzia, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians (1984).

Epistle to the Colossians

Brief Outline

  1. Salutation and thanksgiving (1:1-8)
  2. Doctrinal section (1:9-2:5)
  3. Practical exhortations (2:6-4:6)
  4. Concluding salutations (4:7-18)


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