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Introduction and history of research

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Investigation of the use of the Old Testament in the New "has long been recognised as an important field of research." The earliest works emphasized textual matters (e.g., text variants), comparison with rabbinic modes of interpretation, and the problems associated with the question of what version or text the NT authors depended upon for their quotations. This book discusses the implications of the investigation for understanding Paul's Colossian audience and their ability to overhear what Paul had done. It also touches on the question of Paul's faithfulness to the original context of the passages to which he refers, as well as probe briefly as to why Paul did not explicitly quote Scripture in Colossians. Finally, the investigation looks briefly at what insight might be gained with regard to the question of the authorship of the letter, as well as to the relationship between Colossians and Ephesians.

Keywords: Colossians; Ephesians; New Testament; Old Testament; Paul's faithfulness; scripture



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