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Die bedreiging van die gemeente in Kolosse

J. H. Roberts
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 44, No 4 | a2241 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v44i4.2241 | © 1988 J. H. Roberts | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 January 1988 | Published: 08 January 1988

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J. H. Roberts,, South Africa

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The threat to the church in Colossae
The variety of opinions on the matter of the Colossian error is illustrated by means of a brief overview of some of the most important contributions, taking into account a number of more recent discussions. The testimony of the text on the matters raised by the previous section is then discussed from the point of view of Colossians' distinctive textual form, as well as the stress on confessional material in the letter. Under this last heading the contents of the confessional pronouncement in 1: 13—20 is summarised, followed by a characterisation of what is now called the threat to the Christian community and which was found to be a Jewish mystical group outside of the community. In conclusion it is suggested that an interpretation along these lines can help to solve the problems of eschatology and Holy Spirit in Colossians.

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