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Colossae

(kəlŏs`ē), ancient city of SW Phrygia, Asia Minor, S of the Maeander (modern Menderes) River, in W Turkey, 4 mi (6.4 km) E of Denizli. It flourished as a trading town until eclipsed by neighboring Laodicea. The area around Colossae was famous for fantastic theological theories in early Christian times. Although Paul himself never went there, he addressed his epistle to the ColossiansColossians
, New Testament letter. It was written to the Christians of Colossae and Laodicea, ostensibly by Paul while he was in prison, presumably in Rome (c.A.D. 60). Its writing was provoked by the appearance of false teachers who taught some sort of gnostic doctrine
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 through his fellow worker, Epaphras, who lived at Colossae.
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The people of Colossae should pray that God would open the door so that the (universal) mystery can be made known (4:3).
Pedersen) pursue this theme, while others deal with different minorities, such as the `Philosophers' at Colossae (L.
52) We know that Prisca and Aquila hosted house churches in Ephesus (1 Cor 16:19) and Rome (Rom 16:3-5), while Nympha hosted one in Laodicea (Col 4:15) and Philemon one in Colossae (Philemon 2).
In brief, according to Arnold, some Christian teachers in Colossae were advocating a teaching with Jewish (cultic observances) and pagan (mystery initiation) elements that cohered under the general framework of magic and folk religion, in which angels were invoked to deal with the threat of hostile powers.
When he comes to translate Paul's strictures against certain kinds of pious (and misguided) behavior in the congregation at Colossae, Luther renders their problem in Col 2:23 "self-chosen spirituality," an expression particularly pertinent for a society infected by new-age religion.