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Jerome Murphy-OʼConnor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192853424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.001.0001

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Contemplation at Colossae

Contemplation at Colossae

(p.231) 10 Contemplation at Colossae
Paul: A Critical Life

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

Oxford University Press

Paul thought that the church had to be apostolic, thus, he commissioned others to spread the gospel outside the urban area. The chapter argues that Paul may have met Epaphras, a native of Colossae, while he was on the road on his second march to Asia, and eventually made him a missionary in Ephesus for Colossae. The Colossian letters differed form the Ephesian letters in that they were written to a church that Paul did not establish himself. Paul's lack of personal involvement with the Christians in Colossae and his sense of the autonomy of the local church explained the universalism of his Letters to the Colossians. The authenticity of these letters is examined in this chapter, and it is argued that they contained a realized eschatology which is incompatible with the futurist eschatology as characterized by other Pauline letters.

Keywords:   church, gospel, Epaphras, Colossae, Asia, Ephesus, realized eschatology, futurist eschatology

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