A Kolosséi levél 1,1–11 magyarázata

Geréb Zsolt: A Kolosséi levél 1,1–11 magyarázata. In: Református Szemle 100.1 (2007), 95-109. pp.

The Interpretation of The Epistle to the Colossians 1,1–11. These verses form the introduction to the Epistle containing the heading, the address, the greeting (vs. 1–2.), the thanksgiving (vs. 3–8), and the prayer of intercession (vs. 9–11.). The present essay belonging to the genre of Bible interpretation is going to be the first part of a commentary on this book. The reason for my having started elaborating it is that in the last thirty years no scientific interpretation on the book was published in Hungarian. This is why there is a need to sum up the results of research published in theological literature. As the authorship of the book is concerned, we assume the point of view that the epistle had been written by Timothy at Paul’s request and under his guidance. Accordingly the epistle took its origin in the last period of the apostle’s life, possibly during the Roman captivity. This is the explanation of the fact that both in form and theological point of view it is close to Paul’s other epistles. The interpretation follows the classical scheme of division: translation, analysis of form and exegetical commentary. As methodology is concerned the interpretation blends the historical-critical and the theological approach. The aim of the author is to point to the historical and congregational situation in which the epistle took its origin and to reveal those thoughts and ideas that were formulated about the life and faith of the christian church. As the Epistle to the Colossians sprang up in a certain given context as the history of religion is concerned, it is necessary to show the way in which the author of the epistle reflects upon the religious-philosofical influences, stressing the specific character of Christian teaching.