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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 "Colossae case" can be seen both as a step toward the abolition of chattel slavery and as an example of how we should conduct ourselves in the interim, as we await the consequences over time of an examined life at both micro and macro levels.
We enter into a new letter this week with Paul's letter to the brothers and sisters of Colossae. His tone is certainly one of true encouragement.
so that the world may believe" and in Paul's letters to the new Christian communities in Ephesus and Corinth, in Philippi and Colossae, in Thessalonica and Rome, unity and oneness among the followers of Christ is seen to be essential (that is, of the ease) to the proclamation, believability and the very power of the gospel message itself.
He is the head of the body, the Church." 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.