EPISTLE TO THE LAODICEANS. From “The Apocryphal New Testament” M.R. James-Translation and Notes Oxford: Clarendon Press, The following is an edited transcript of the audio. In Colossians Paul mentions a letter he wrote to the Laodicean church. If this letter were. 36) two Marcionite forgeries, an epistle to the Laodiceans and one to the Alexandrians, are mentioned and rejected. Apart from the suggestion that these books.

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Clarendon Press, pp. It is surely possible that the answer is that he is not in Colosse at all, but in Laodicea.

Laodiceans, Epistle To The

Even more importantly, how can an inspired letter from an apostle be placed on par with an uninspired letter written by the Laodicean brethren? As we have said before, so now I say again: For I know that this shall turn to my salvation forever, which shall be through your prayer and the supply of the Holy Spirit.

It is to say that when Paul wrote to churches brethren took those documents very, very seriously and worked very hard to preserve them.

A Study in Balkan Neo-Manichaeism. Colosse and Laodicea are less than fifteen miles apart. After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. Paul an Apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, to the brethren which are at Laodicea. I thank Christ in every prayer of mine, that you may continue and persevere in good works, looking for that which is promised in the day of judgment.


Many epistpe that the Pauline collection found in the New Testament had its origin in these instructions.

And now my bonds, which I suffer in Christ, are manifest, in which I rejoice and am glad. It is mentioned by various writers from the fourth century onwards, notably by Pope Gregory the Greatto whose influence may ultimately be due the frequent occurrence of it in Bibles written in England; for it is commoner in English Bibles than in others.

The apocryphal epistle is generally considered a transparent attempt to supply this supposed lost sacred document. For it is God who is working in you; Compare with: Outline Studies in the New Testament: Others are thw cavalier about the Bible being destroyed.

In conclusion, let our faith in God, His promises and His Word be strengthened.

Annotated Texts, Reception and Criticism. The Labyrinth Press, Yet they are part of the Scriptures because they came from an apostle and so are recognized as inspired documents. Clarendon Press, p.

Wherefore, my beloved, as you have heard of the coming of the Lord, so think and act reverently, and it shall be to you life eternal; Edited by Charles John Elliott. This Epistle to the Laodiceans has been highly esteemed by several learned men of the church of Alodiceans and others, including the Quakers, who have printed a translation and plead for it as canon. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.


Epistle to the Laodiceans

Paul apparently dictated all his epistles through a secretary or amanuensisbut wrote the final few paragraphs of each letter by his own hand. To what then is Paul referring to in Colossians 4: It is mentioned by various writers from the fourth century onwards, notably by Pope Gregory the Greatto whose influence may ultimately be due the frequent occurrence of it in Bibles written in England; for it is more common in English Bibles than in others.

The text was almost unanimously considered pseudepigraphal when the Christian Biblical canon was decided upon, and does not appear in any Greek copies of the Bible at all, nor is it known in Syriac or other versions. Did Laodicea make copies of their letters, and how would Paul know that? The decision about Onesimus is not to be left to Philemon; it is to be the decision of the whole Christian community.

An Essay in the Early History of the Canon.

Epistle to the Laodiceans – NASSCAL

Their strongest objection being no surviving Greek text. Moreschini, Claudio and Enrico Norelli. Oxford University Press, pp. Retrieved from ” https: Mercer Dictionary of the Bible. There are no Greek copies of the New Testament that contain it. The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, ed.