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17. Paul's Disciples

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Introduction to New Testament (RLST 152)

In ancient times, documents that were falsely attributed to an author, called pseudepigrapha, were a common phenomenon. Both the Letters to the Colossians and Ephesians are most likely pseudonymous works attributed to the Apostle Paul. The writer of Colossians assures his readers that they already possess all the benefits of salvation and do not need to observe rules concerning feast days, Sabbaths, and worship of the angels. Ephesians seems somewhat based on Colossians, although it reads more like an ethical or moral treatise. Both letters differ from Pauline Christology in their realized eschatology and high Christology.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Ancient Pseudepigraphy
10:42 - Chapter 2. The Pseudepigraphic Letters to the Colossians and Ephesians
22:21 - Chapter 3. The Occasion of the Writing of Colossians
37:15 - Chapter 4. The Letter to the Ephesians as Treatise
42:26 - Chapter 5. Major Differences between Colossians and Ephesians and Pauline Christianity

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This course was recorded in Spring 2009.