By A. Tinsley
Written from an African American viewpoint, this paintings depicts the presentation of the gospel message to the first-century group of Colossae, their reception of it comparative to the presentation and reception of an identical to the enslaved Africans of North the United States relatively within the eighteenth and the 19th centuries.
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Extra info for A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians: Identity, Reception, and Interpretation under the Gaze of Empire
On the subject of the Law that deals with sin and atonement the writer makes a detour. 61 To the Pharisees, the Messiah was merely a human being; an agent of God. Although he may have had special powers, he could never do anything to atone for the sin of man. Janowski and Stuhlmacher present a summary of the Jewish view of the Messiah. ”63 Paul seemed to abandon his Judaic teaching to embrace a messiah that was strange to Judaism. 64 Within the community, two major divisions in the followers of Jesus were the Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians.
R. 10 The writer’s use of imperial language was not forced or contrived. He was writing in the genre of his time and the nature of his audience, to people who understood the language. Braxton makes a distinction between culture and ethnicity that is applicable to this study. “Ethnicity presupposes the presence of culture between ethnic groups . . ”11 The culture of the Colossians in and around them was Greco-Roman, but their ethnicity varied. Yet, being a part of that culture they were able to relate to what the writer was explaining, although they belonged to different ethnic groups.
15). 11). ”3 The letter uses imperial themes and ideals in portraying the place of Jesus in the lives of the new believers. A. ”4 There are those who do not agree with the orientation and consider this controversial. Nevertheless, his observations concerning the language, however, remain and are useful for identifying the people of Colossae. Comparing early Christian religious devotion to Jesus Christ to the category of emperor worship is considered unacceptable to L. W. Hurtado. 6 Hurtado seems to miss the connection between the imperial cultural system and the devotion of the Christian movement.