Poetry and Theology in Colossians 1.15-20

TitlePoetry and Theology in Colossians 1.15-20
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsWright, Nicholas T.
JournalNew Testament Studies
Date Published07/1990

In this article I shall argue for two points: first, that Col 1. 15–20 exhibits, without the deletion of any of its parts, a clear structure which can, in some meaningful senses, be called ‘poetic’; second, that the passage, read as a poem in the way I shall suggest, exhibits a characteristically Pauline form of what we may call Christological monotheism. This will point on to some further suggestions regarding the place of the passage within Colossians as a whole.

Col. 1:15-20, ABBA, pp. 447-451, 457