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The ramifications of the investigation

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This chapter discerns that Paul has alluded to or echoed eleven texts from the OT. These include three from Genesis, two from Isaiah, and two from the Psalms. What is striking about several of the allusions or echoes of the OT in Colossians is that they consistently touch upon the specific theme of new creation. Of the eleven allusions/echoes, four presuppose this framework and build upon it, three directly: Gen 1:28 in Col 1:6, 10, Prov 8:22-31 in Col 1:15-20, and Gen 1:26-27 in 3:10, and one indirectly: Isa 11:2, 9 in 1:9-10. At Col 1:6, Paul echoes the "be fruitful and multiply" language from the creation account of Gen 1 to depict the numerical growth and worldwide expansion of the gospel (1:6a), with the emphasis then shifting to communicating the growth of internal spiritual fruit among the Colossians in 1:6b and especially 1:10, where the echo is repeated explicitly.

Keywords: allusion; Colossians; echoe; Genesis; Isaiah; Old Testament; Paul; Psalms

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