By A. Tinsley

ISBN-10: 1137326158

ISBN-13: 9781137326157

Written from an African American standpoint, this paintings depicts the presentation of the gospel message to the first-century group of Colossae, their reception of it comparative to the presentation and reception of an identical to the enslaved Africans of North the US rather within the eighteenth and the 19th centuries.

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Halicarnassus in an earlier inscription (c. ”32 The epistle of Colossians writer’s references to peace with Christ could hardly go unnoticed by the audience who would have been very familiar with their rulers acting in this identifiable role. As subjects of Roman rule, Christ as peacemaker against the backdrop of imperial powers needed clarification. 8). 20). He was directing them to seek freedom from imperial rule. 15–23, the imperial terminology parallels Rome’s emperors not only as gods but also those who bring peace and reconciliation through military success.

70 If interpreted messianically, its Hebraic foundation (Isa. ” These powers, and others like them, would not nullify his angelic nature. 71 Certainly those Jews who witnessed the account of his baptismal could agree. The letter proclaimed that the “spirit” was the Holy Spirit, while the Jews still believed it was angel and spirits. ”72 P. ” Here it can be construed as a “splitting of hairs” for there is no distinction made between the “spirit of the Lord” and the ‘”angel of the Lord” in pre-Christian literature.

This statement comes at the close of a discussion concerning the role of a Rabbi. Rosenberg compares the roles of priests within the Roman Catholic Church, and ministers in the Protestant faith to that of the Rabbi in the synagogue. It is his contention that it is not biblical to have leaders set apart but that leaders should exist within the community. Rosenberg imparts: Like his first precursors, the contemporary rabbi is not a priest, because he performs no ritual for his group—only with it.

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