By A. Tinsley
Written from an African American standpoint, this paintings depicts the presentation of the gospel message to the first-century neighborhood of Colossae, their reception of it comparative to the presentation and reception of a similar to the enslaved Africans of North the USA rather within the eighteenth and the 19th centuries.
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The majority of the references in this chapter are made to Paul and Pauline teachings and responses by Jewish scholars over the past 50 years. These scholars are referenced to examine their considerations in an attempt to reflect the views of the audience of the letter. It must be noted that the teachings in this letter are attributed to Paul as the debated author. The intentions of the historical Jesus Christ, his teachings, and sayings are not addressed as they fall beyond the scope of this book.
20) only serves to place a wider divide between the Jews and the Gentiles. 5). 14 (“in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”) (cf. 7; Hebr. 22 (“present you without blemish”). All of which were temple practices performed under the supervision of priests whose authority is systematically being undermined. Sandmel compares Paul to Philo7 as they relate to the Laws of Moses. ”8 The things that Paul taught concerning the Law were in direct opposition to what Philo taught. ”9 To claim this is to say that humanity is weak, and according to Sandmel, Philo would never agree to that.
Davies point is valid here, “what the layman does not know, and the scholar 34 Af ri c a n A m e r i can R e - r e ad i n g of Co l o s s i a ns does, is that there were many Pagan deities for whom similar claims were made and in whose names were preached quite similar doctrines. ”45 It is also A. P. ”47 He points out that the first followers of Jesus Christ were not yet full-blown Christians, but simply a Jewish sect who differed only from traditional Judaism in believing that Jesus had not died and was returning as he promised during their lifetime.
A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians: Identity, Reception, and Interpretation under the Gaze of Empire by A. Tinsley