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Der Brief des Paulus an die Kolosser
Bormann, Lukas

Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2012 pp. xxx + 199. €34.00

Series Information
Theologischer Handkommentar zum Neuen Testament, 10/I

Description: The letter to the Colossians belongs to the centre of Christianity. There is no other letter of Paul speaking so impressively of the importance of Jesus as Christ (Messiah) for mankind. But the present exegesis situates this »high« Christology also in the world of the common people of the local churches in Asia Minor taking in consideration epigraphical and numismatical sources which have not been evaluated so far by any other commentary. Furthermore the scriptures of ancient Judaism and the reception of the Hebraic and Greek Bible are taken into account. Thereby the Letter to the Colossians becomes comprehensible as a text having originated from the traditions of the whole bible, from Genesis to the Psalms to Angelology. Both the practical significance and the theological depth of Paul’s statements are highlighted. In it we find also reflected the views of the inhabitants of the Lycus Valley, their everyday life and their worship.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Colossians, Literature

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Review by Thomas Bergholz
Published 1/24/2014
Citation: Thomas Bergholz, review of Lukas Bormann, Der Brief des Paulus an die Kolosser, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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