Tag Archives: Colossians

A Christian Amulet Containing Colossians 3:9–10 (Wayment)

By Peter J. Gurry Thomas Wayment has an article in the latest issue of Vigiliae Christianae (69.5) giving the editio princeps of a small papyrus containing Col 3:9–10 which he dates to the IV/V century.ImagePhoto: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UC 32070Wayment’s reconstruction:ἀπεκδυσάμενοι τ̣[ὸν παλαιὸν ἄν(θρωπ)ον σὺν]ταῖς πράξ̣εσιν αὐτο̣[ῡ καὶ ἐνδυσάμενοι τὸν]νέον ἀνακαινο[ύμενον εἰς …read more

Christian Texts and History • The Marcionite epistle to the Colossians with sources.

By Ben C. Smith This thread is a simple reconstruction of the Marcionite version of the epistle of Paul to the Colossians. Refer to my index of Marcionite epistles for more information.The following chapter index may help navigate the epistle:Colossians 1.1-29.Colossians 2.1-23.Colossians 3.1-25.Colossians 4.1-18.But we begin the so-called Marcionite prologue to the epistle:To the …read more

Practical Greek: Colossians 2:20 and Liberation from Fleshly Living

By Todd Scacewater Εἰ ἀπεθάνετε σὺν Χριστῷ ἀπὸ τῶν στοιχείων τοῦ κόσμου, τί ὡς ζῶντες ἐν κόσμῳ δογματίζεσθε; (Colossians 2:20)

There are two difficult elements of Greek grammar here, but, once sorted out, we see a powerful question posed to the Colossians. The first four words are simple enough, “If you died with Christ…” …read more

Greek Matters: Colossians 1:3-5 and Christian Hope

By Todd Scacewater Εὐχαριστοῦμεν τῷ θεῷ πατρὶ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ πάντοτε περὶ ὑμῶν προσευχόμενοι, ἀκούσαντες τὴν πίστιν ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ καὶ τὴν ἀγάπην ἣν ἔχετε εἰς πάντας τοὺς ἁγίους 5 διὰ τὴν ἐλπίδα τὴν ἀποκειμένην ὑμῖν ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, ἣν προηκούσατε ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῆς ἀληθείας τοῦ εὐαγγελίου
(Colossians 1:3-5)

In …read more