By A. Tinsley
Written from an African American standpoint, this paintings depicts the presentation of the gospel message to the first-century neighborhood of Colossae, their reception of it comparative to the presentation and reception of an identical to the enslaved Africans of North the United States rather within the eighteenth and the 19th centuries.
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This view stands in opposition to Paul’s view concerning the faith of Abraham over the Torah. ”39 Levenson also points out that Paul did not dialogue (seek the truth), but argued and went to great lengths to get his point across by using polemics. 19–24 to illustrate the tactics Paul used in order to revolutionize his movement as he admitted his methods are not altogether honorable and that he would in fact go to great lengths to bring about the conversion of those to whom he was speaking. It appears from the above statements that Paul’s tactics moved the pre-Christian teachings from a sect of Judaism to a religion no longer associated with Judaism.
14 However, he believed for the Christian, the Law was obsolete and a hindrance. ” Paul is noted as the “most zealous adversary of the law” by Bokser. According to Romans 7:5–8, the Law was superfluous, ineffectual, and a stumbling block. Bokser admits that in some respects Paul’s psychology is sound. He explains that there are those who find pleasure in breaking the Law just because it is possible to do so. There are some who find it difficult to abstain from breaking the Law when so much temptation is present.
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. 6; cf. 20). ”13 Whether or not the hearers believed what was being said, they would recognize the language. 1 I mperial T hemes and I mages Imperial sounding themes would have been evident to a first-century audience. Zanker points out that there were images they viewed daily.
A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians: Identity, Reception, and Interpretation under the Gaze of Empire by A. Tinsley