By A. Tinsley
Written from an African American viewpoint, this paintings depicts the presentation of the gospel message to the first-century neighborhood of Colossae, their reception of it comparative to the presentation and reception of a similar to the enslaved Africans of North the US quite within the eighteenth and the 19th centuries.
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6,8, the evil of this “age” stems from bondage 28 Af ri c a n A m e r i can R e - r e ad i n g of Co l o s s i a ns to death, sin, the flesh, circumcision, the Law, and hostile cosmic powers who crucified the Lord of glory. 18). ”17 Some Jews feared them because the resentful angels do not tolerate any hatred of the Law when it is not observed. Thus, Theodore explained that it was taught that God was so exalted that men can only come into contact with Him through angels. G. ”18 One needs to consider, that, given the chronology of these two sects, it seemed that Christ was replacing the elements as mediator.
9). The temple comes under attack as the divine presence that was known to dwell there now lives in a person rather than in such a place as a temple. Continuing this thought, “and through him to reconcile to himself all things . . 20) only serves to place a wider divide between the Jews and the Gentiles. 5). 14 (“in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”) (cf. 7; Hebr. 22 (“present you without blemish”). All of which were temple practices performed under the supervision of priests whose authority is systematically being undermined.
14 Images of the divine emperor were everywhere, but especially in the sacred precincts dedicated to the emperor and his family. This seemingly “omnipresent” display celebrated 44 Af ri c a n A m e r i can R e - r e ad i n g of Co l o s s i a ns the Roman order, a divinely ordained order brought together by a divinely appointed emperor by military might into a worldwide peace. This order was meant to bring together hostile and ethnically isolated peoples through pacification. The process was meant to create ethical, natural, and spiritual renewal.
A Postcolonial African American Re-reading of Colossians: Identity, Reception, and Interpretation under the Gaze of Empire by A. Tinsley