By A. Tinsley
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 United States really within the eighteenth and the 19th centuries.
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Additional resources for A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians: Identity, Reception, and Interpretation under the Gaze of Empire
There were those who are familiar with Judaic teachings and were perhaps questioning the teaching about the indwelling Christ, which is received through faith. 22). Much has been said about to whom this section of the letter was referring. However, for the purpose of this section, the concentration is on the Jewish component. The above verses point to teachings concerning belief in the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ. 2 The first, the fact that Jesus Christ and Paul were opponents of Jewish legalism, is a widely accepted sentiment.
The letter taught that through Jesus Christ salvation came to all people and presents a gospel that is inclusive to an exclusive people. Neusner not arguing that Judaism is necessarily ethnic states, “The nations came to Christ through a Christianity that was universal. ”1 However, he makes the point that this large group of people did not embrace the teachings of the gospel due to their beliefs about who they were. The Sinai Covenant in Exodus 19–24 addresses a specific group of people “chosen” by God.
Consequently, even the suggestion of drinking it (even symbolically) is taboo. It may be therefore argued that to suggest that he would require that his disciples remember him in this way is incomprehensible since they were all Jews. This also suggests that it is unlikely that God would require them to accept a messiah of this caliber. Thus, the writer of Colossians could, in the eyes of many Jews, be accused of building a doctrinal practice on what is perhaps a misinterpretation of the actions of Christ at the Last Supper or of deliberately using this event to further this cause.
A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians: Identity, Reception, and Interpretation under the Gaze of Empire by A. Tinsley