Unravelling Colossians 3.11b

TitleUnravelling Colossians 3.11b
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsCampbell, Douglas A.
JournalNew Testament Studies
Date Published01/1996

Scholars have always found the series in Col 3.11b difficult to interpret gracefully. There it is stated that in Christ the distinction with βάρβαρος, Σκύθης ‘barbarian, Scythian’, has been abolished, along with that between the more comprehensible oppositions of ‘Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision … slave, free’. The increased sensitivity of contemporary NT scholars to the social dimension of texts, as well as to their rhetorical and stylistic deployment, however, may at last offer the possibility of unravelling this intriguing set of antitheses, particularly at its critical point, that is, the interpretation of Σκύθης.

Col. 3:11a, ABBA; 3:11b, ABBA