Colossians 1:13-20: A Chiastic Reading

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The striking character of the language used in the middle section of the first chapter of Colossians suggests the identification of vv. 15-20 as a separate hymnic unit: a glorification of the Son of God as co-creator of the universe and the
one in whom God reconciles all to Himself. As with other such passages in the NT, this demarcation then became the basis for the claim that the hymn "pre-existed" its inscription within the epistle itself, and, consequently, prompted various
attempts to reconstruct the "original," "unaltered" text of this hymn.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-65
Number of pages19
JournalSt Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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