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Introduction to Colossians. Introduction: Colossians is one of Paul’s shortest letters. One of the most significant problems being dealt with today in this book has to do with the opponents at Colossae. The city.

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Introduction: Colossians is one of Paul’s shortest letters. One of the most significant problems being dealt with today in this book has to do with the opponents at Colossae.


The city
The city letters. One of the most significant problems being dealt with today in this book has to do with the opponents at Colossae.

  • The city proper- The city was situated 100 miles east of Ephesus and was significant for its wool industry.

  • The People- they seem to have been very cosmopolitan where differing cultural and religious elements mixed.

  • The church- The brothers and sisters who are addressed in 1:2 were probably not converted through the ministry of Paul himself.


Critical questions
Critical Questions letters. One of the most significant problems being dealt with today in this book has to do with the opponents at Colossae.

  • Authorship- There has been a great deal of argument over the authorship in the last 100 years. Almost none before that. These arguments are based on the following considerations:

  • Arguments against Pauline Authorship:

  • Arguments in favor of Pauline Authorship- The most compelling argument is the close connection of the letter with Philemon, a letter that is almost never questioned as being Pauline.


  • Date- This leads us to ask the question of what kind of prison that Paul was in when he wrote the letter. There are three possibilities:

  • Ephesus during the 3 to 3 1/2 years spent there (Acts 19:10, 22; 20:31). c. Fall of A.D. 52 to Summer 55

  • Caesarea where he spent two years in enforced confinement (Acts 24:23, 27). c. May A.D. 57 to September 59.

  • Rome, where he was under house arrest for two whole years (Acts 28:30-31). c. February A.D. 60 to late 61 or early 62.


What was the colossian heresy
What was the Colossian Heresy? prison that Paul was in when he wrote the letter. There are three possibilities:

  • Was there a heresy?

  • Some Marks of the Heresy. (see The Colossian Syncretism by Clinton Arnold)

  • The veneration of Angels (2:18)

  • Mystery initiation and Local Cults- (See Ferguson, pp. 249-282)

  • Evil Angels-

  • How Paul dealt with the heresy.


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