Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

All the Fullness of God: The Christ of Colossians
Thurston, Bonnie Bowman

Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017 pp. x + 149. $21.00


Description: All the Fullness of God: The Christ of Colossians focuses on the Christology of Colossians and its implications by examining the canonical text and answering the questions: What was the author's purpose in writing the letter? What is the letter's primary concern? How do its contents reflect or deviate from Paul's thought in his uncontested letters? The author of Colossians is favorably disposed toward the letter's recipients who have received the gospel from Epaphras, but now encounter alternative teachings. The author finds that church's Christology inadequate and writes to expand their understanding of the meaning of baptism into Jesus Christ and its implications. This study introduces Greco-Roman letter and literary forms; the geography, history, and demographics of Colossae; and provides excurses on several scholarly matters. It is comprised of five chapters (Part I) which set forth the argument and explain the text in its historical context, followed by nine reflections (Part II) which place each text in its context, then elucidate the meaning and application of the passage for contemporary readers.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Colossians, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Jesus

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBLís login procedure is now synched to SBLís. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBLís Terms of Use.

I donít remember my SBL password.

Join SBL or renew your membership to read the review(s).


Email Address
SBL Password
 


Review by Matthew S. Collins
Published 5/24/2018
Citation: Matthew S. Collins, review of Bonnie Bowman Thurston, All the Fullness of God: The Christ of Colossians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us