Composition of the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians


Approximate date: 60-62 C.E.

Time period: season of extreme error in parts of the Body of Messiah, during the first imprisonment of Paul

Author: the Apostle Paul

Location of author: Rome

Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Colossae

Theological Summary: The letter to the Colossians is commonly classified among the Prison Epistles (also including Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon). The author of Colossians is stated to not only be Paul (1:23), but we see the closing attestation, “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand” (4:18). The Pauline authorship of the Epistle to the Colossians has not been significantly disputed by many conservatives, even though it is doubted by many liberals. Claims against Pauline authorship are usually offered on the basis of the themes witnessed in the letter, and its vocabulary. It is important to be aware, however, that not all liberals are convinced that Pauline authorship of Colossians is something so impossible. It is also understandable, that given the mention of Timothy as a co-sender of the Epistle to the Colossians (1:1), that Timothy could have played some kind of a role in the letter’s composition as Paul’s amanuensis. Specific terms appearing in Colossians, which do not appear in the agreed-upon genuine Pauline letters, may be the result of the false teaching that needed to be countered.

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