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  Epistle to the Colossians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Like some of his other epistles (e.g., those to Corinth), this seems to have been written in consequence of information which had somehow been conveyed to him of the internal state of the church there (1:4-8).
A large part of it is directed against certain speculatists who attempted to combine the doctrines of Oriental mysticism and asceticism with Christianity, thereby promising the disciples the enjoyment of a higher spiritual life and a deeper insight into the world of spirits.
(The apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans is almost universally believed to be a forgery based on this instruction.) He then closes this brief but striking epistle with his usual autograph salutation.
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 JFB Commentary on Ephesians - Introduction
POLYCARP [Epistle to the Philippians, 12], testifies to its canonicity.
This Epistle was addressed to the Ephesians during the early part of his imprisonment at Rome, immediately after that to the Colossians, to which it bears a close resemblance in many passages, the apostle having in his mind generally the same great truths in writing both.
Hence, "the Church" throughout the Epistle is spoken of in the singular, not in the plural, "churches." The Church's foundation, its course, and its end, are his theme alike in the larger and smaller divisions of the whole Epistle.
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 Epistle to the Laodiceans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Epistle to the Laodiceans is a short work found in some editions of the Vulgate, known only in Latin, purporting to be the epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans mentioned in the Epistle to the Colossians.
It is almost unanimously believed to be pseudepigraphy, being a pastiche of phrases taken from the genuine Pauline epistles.
Adolf von Harnack suggested that it was written by either Marcion or one of his followers, but despite scholarly examination his suggestion cannot be substantiated or denied.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Epistle_to_the_Laodiceans   (217 words)

 LAODICEANS, EPISTLE TO THE in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online)
Both epistles come warm and instinct with life from the full heart of the great apostle who had not, up to that time, visited either city, but on whom, none the less, there came daily the care of all the churches.
Therefore as the epistle was not, and could not be, addressed to Ephesus, the conclusion is that it was addressed to some church, and that it was not a treatise sent to the Christian church generally.
NOTE: A very remarkable circumstance in regard to the apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans is mentioned by Nestle in the preface to his edition of the Latin New Testament, published in Stuttgart in 1906.
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 Epistle to the Laodiceans
The Epistle to the Laodiceans is included in all 18 German Bibles printed prior to Luther's translation, beginning with the first German Bible, issued by Johann Mental at Strassburg in 1488.
The Epistle to the Laodiceans is noteably absent.
This Epistle to the Laodiceans has been highly esteemed by several learned men of the church of Rome and others, including the Quakers, who have printed a translation and plead for it as canon.
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 The Development of the Canon of the New Testament - Epistle to the Laodiceans
When this epistle has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read the epistle from Laodicea.
This tantalizing reference, though somewhat ambiguous as to who wrote whom (see [Lightfoot] for a discussion), offers a tempting invitation to some unknown author to provide the text of an Epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans, who were the neighbors of the congregation at Colossae.
The epistle appears in more than 100 manuscripts of the Latin Vulgate (including the oldest, the celebrated codex Fuldensis, 546 CE), as well as in manuscripts of early Albigensian, Bohemian, English, and Flemish versions.
www.ntcanon.org /Epistle_to_the_Laodiceans.shtml   (1163 words)

This epistle to Novatian was doubtless written in reply to a letter from him announcing his election to the episcopate of Rome, for we know that Novatian sent such letters, as was customary, to all the prominent bishops of the Church.
This epistle on the subject of repentance or penance, which was the burning one just at this time in connection with the lapsed, was doubtless written at about the same time with those to Fabius and Novatian, already referred to.
This epistle to the Laodiceans, which is no longer extant very likely dealt, like so many of the others, with the question of discipline.
www.bible.ca /history/fathers/NPNF2-01/footnote/fn42.htm   (4199 words)

 The Development of the Canon of the New Testament - Epistle of Barnabas
Writing at a time when the level of antagonism between church and synagogue still ran high, the anonymous author of the "epistle" is concerned to prove that the death of Christ on the cross is a sacrifice that fulfills a plan set forth in the Old Testament (9.7-9).
In short, the Epistle of Barnabas is a good and early example of what became the dominant method of interpreting the Bible in the early and medieval church.
It is generally agreed that the author was from Alexandria, in view of his fondness of the allegorical approach for which Alexandria was well-known and the fact that all the earliest evidence for the existence of the document derives from there.
www.ntcanon.org /Epistle_of_Barnabas.shtml   (364 words)

 Christian Web Site Forum Archive - ChristianWebSite.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
There is a very old 'Epistle to the Laodiceans' that is dated to the fourth century (in Latin and Aramaic), and only shows up as being spoken of and quoted in that century.
There was no authenticated (Apostolic) Epistle to the Laodiceans written of in the first three centuries by Christians who did write of what the Christians came to believe were their sacred writings, the NT.
The epistle of Jude, however, and two epistles bearing the name of John, are received in the Catholic [church] (or, are reckoned among the Catholic [epistles]).
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 Laodiceans, Epistle To The (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) :: Bible Tools
The apostle's injunction in Colossians 4:16 suggested the forgery, and such currency as it ever attained was due to the support which that passage was supposed to give to it.
It is well known that the words "at Ephesus" (Ephesians 1:1) in the inscription of the epistle are very doubtful.
These words could not well be used in regard to the church at Ephesus, which Paul himself had founded, and in reference to persons among whom he had lived for three years, and where he even knew personally "every one" of the Christians (Acts 20:31).
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 Douay-Rheims Bible Online, Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Colossians Chapter 4
16 And when this epistle shall have been read with you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans: and that you read that which is of the Laodiceans.
What this epistle was, is uncertain, and annotators have given different opinions concerning it.
Some expound these words of an epistle which St. Paul wrote to the Laodiceans, and is since lost, for that now extant is no more than a collection of sentences out of the other epistles of St. Paul; therefore it cannot be considered even as a part of that epistle.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Epistle to the Ephesians
Moreover, the examination of the Epistle does not warrant the belief that it was addressed to the church in which the Apostle had sojourned longest.
The Epistle to the Ephesians was, therefore, written to distant churches, located perhaps in various provinces [Pontus, Galatia, Polemonium (the kingdom of Polemon)] and, for this reason, requiring to be designated by the general term, but all situated along the River Iris.
If, indeed, the Epistle to the Ephesians agrees with the Acts in more instances than does the Epistle to the Colossians, it is because the two former have one identical object, namely, the constitution of the Church by the calling of the Jews and Gentiles.
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 B. W. Johnson's The People's New Testament [Introduction to Colossians].
At least three Epistles, and probably four, were prepared about the same time by the Apostle Paul at his place of imprisonment in Rome, and sent by the same messengers to the Roman Province of Asia.
One was the Epistle to the Ephesians; a second, the present letter; a third, the Epistle to Philemon, who was a resident of Colosse; and the fourth is alluded to in this Epistle (4:16) as the Epistle to the Laodiceans, but has been thought by some to be identical with the Ephesian letter.
The Epistle gives us ample ground for concluding that there was danger of these mongrel philosophies corrupting the simplicity of the gospel of Christ, and that Paul's object was to fortify the church against doctrine which would result in evil.
www.biblestudyguide.org /comment/bjohnson/pnt/PNT12-00.HTM   (818 words)

 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary: Ephesians.
[Epistle to the Philippians, 12], testifies to its canonicity.
Not implying that he had only heard of their conversion: an erroneous argument used by some against the address of this Epistle to the Ephesians (see on Eph 1:1); but referring to the report he had heard since he was with them, as to their Christian graces.
The same image in Eph 3:18, recurs in his address to the Ephesian elders (Ac 20:32), and in his Epistle to Timothy at Ephesus (1Ti 3:15; 2Ti 2:19), naturally suggested by the splendid architecture of Diana's temple; the glory of the Christian temple is eternal and real, not mere idolatrous gaud.
www.thirdmill.org /files/english/texts/JFB/JFB49.htm   (11207 words)

 En ingles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Because this epistle was spurious, its absence from the Bible is to be expected.
However, the Epistle to the Laodiceans is probably not lost at all.
Paul's Epistle to the Laodiceans has probably not been lost at all; it is almost certainly the book we now know as his Epistle to the Ephesians.
www.caminoalinterior.8k.com /eningles.htm   (5738 words)

 Preview to Ephesians
This third letter was that which is not entitled the Epistle to the Ephesians; concerning the destination of which (disputed as it is) perhaps the least disputable fact is, that it was not addressed to the Church of Ephesus.
Basil distinctly asserts, that the early writers whom he had consulted declared that the manuscripts of this Epistle in their time did not contain the name of Ephesus, but left out altogether the name of the church to which the Epistle was addressed.
We know, from the testimony of Marcion, that this Epistle was entitled in his collection 'The Epistle to the Laodiceans.' And his authority on this point is entitled to greater weight from the fact, that he was himself a native of the district where we should expect the earlier copies of the Epistle to exist.
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It appears from the epistle to the Colossians (Col 4:15-16) that Paul never visited Laodicea, but hearing, most probably, from Epaphras of the false doctrines spread in that city, he wrote to the Colossians desiring that his epistle to that church should also be read in Laodicea.
Not the epistle to the Ephesians, for Paul was unlikely to know that his letter to the Ephesians would have reached Laodicea at or near the time of the arrival of his letter to the Colossians.
The apostle's epistles were publicly read in the church assemblies, being thus put on a level with the Old Testament and Gospels, which were similarly read.
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 B. W. Johnson's The People's New Testament [Introduction to Ephesians].
4:16, Paul speaks of an Epistle to the Laodiceans, which has been lost unless this be the Epistle of which he speaks.
Meyer inclines to the first place, but the general consensus of opinion is that it belongs to the group of the Epistles which were sent forth from his Roman prison.
Tychicus was the messenger to whom, on the same journey, were entrusted both this (6:21) and the Epistle to Colosse (Col.
www.biblestudyguide.org /comment/bjohnson/pnt/PNT10-00.HTM   (537 words)

 JFB Commentary (xi.x.i)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Writing, as he does in this Epistle, on the constitution and prospects of Christ's universal Church, he refers the Ephesians, as to personal matters, to the bearer of the Epistle, Tychicus (Eph 6:21, 22).
From Eph 6:19, 20 it is plain he had at the time, though a prisoner, some degree of freedom in preaching, which accords with Ac 28:23, 30, 31, where he is represented as receiving at his lodgings all inquirers.
Compare Eph 1:6, 7; 2:7, as to "grace," with Ac 20:24, 32: this may well be called "the Epistle of the grace of God" [Alford].
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In the Johannine Epistles the term is used only in regard to those who deny that Jesus is the Christ or that Jesus Christ came in the flesh.
Epistles: Epistles of Christ and Abgarus; Epistle of the Apostles; Third Epistle of the Corinthians; Epistle of the Laodiceans; Epistle of Lentulus; Epistles of Paul and Seneca; Apocryphal Epistle of Titus.
It is not uncommon for Pauline epistles to be divided into two sections, the first a doctrinal section, the next which follows, the paranetic or practical application of the Pauline doctrine.
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 Apocryphal New Testament Writings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Egypt is indicated as its place of origin by the fact that its principal witnesses are the Alexandrians Clement and Origen, by the religio-historical character of two of the fragments, and by the conception of Jesus as the Son of the Holy Spirit, which is documented for Egypt by the Coptic Epistle of James.
It was not until 1873 that a complete copy of the text was discovered by Bryennios in codex Hierosolymitanus that also includes II Clement, Epistle of Barnabas, and the Didache.
the Epistle of Barnabas, the Didascalia, the Apostolic Church Ordinances, the Summary of Doctrine, the Apostolic Constitutions, the Life of Schnudi, and On the Teaching of the Apostles (or Doctrina), some of which are dependent on the Didache.
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 BGreek: Re: Epistle to the Laodiceans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Previous message: Stephen C Carlson: "Re: Epistle to the Laodiceans"
Maybe in reply to: Kuiper, James D.: "Epistle to the Laodiceans"
Epistle to the Laodiceans; for those who might wish or need non-web access,
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The Epistle of Ignatius to Mary at Neapolis
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Virgin Mary
The Epistle of Maria the Proselyte to Ignatius
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The image of a building is appropriate also to the Jew-Christians; as the temple at Jerusalem was the stronghold of Judaism; as Diana's temple, of paganism.
Col 3:15 similarly grounds Christian duties on our Christian "calling." The exhortations of this part of the Epistle are built on the conscious enjoyment of the privileges mentioned in the former part.
The phrase occurs nowhere else in the Epistle (see, however, Eph 6:23); if genuine, it is appropriate here in the close of the Epistle, where he is urging his fellow soldiers to the good fight in the Christian armor.
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No single manuscript contains the heading, "to the saints that are at Laodicea." The very resemblance of the Epistle to the Ephesians, to that to the Colossians, is against the theory; for if the former were really the one addressed to Laodicea (Colossians 4:16 of Colosse and Laodicea should interchange Epistles.
The date was probably about four years after his parting with the Ephesian elders at Miletus (Acts 20:6-38 A.D. 62, before his imprisonment had become of the more severe kind, which appears in his Epistle to the Philippians.
Hence, perhaps, have arisen his images in this Epistle drawn from a beautiful temple: the Church being in true inner beauty that which the temple of the idol tried to realize in outward show (Ephesians 2:19-22 profligacy for which the Ephesian heathen were notorious.
bible.crosswalk.com /Commentaries/JamiesonFaussetBrown/jfb.cgi?book=eph&chapter=000   (1026 words)

 The Development of the Canon of the New Testament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Four of these -- I Clement, Epistle of Barnabas, Didache, Shepherd of Hermas -- are part of this survey because they were cited approvingly by an early Christian authority.
The most notable addition in some manuscripts is the Epistle to the Laodiceans.
On April 8 1546, by a vote of 24 to 15 with 16 abstentions, a decree (De Canonicis Scripturis) was issued in which, for the first time in the history of the Church, the question of the contents of the Bible was made an absolute article of faith and confirmed by anathema.
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