Philip J. Lowe deposited The Premise and Paraenesis: Rhetorical Studies and the Connection of the Christ Hymn with the Corresponding Paraenesis of Colossians in the group Theology on Humanities Commons 2 years, 9 months ago
Much has been written on the epistle to the Colossians. Much less has been written on Colossians and rhetoric. Even less has been written on the connection of praise and paraenesis found in the epistle. If the book of Colossians can be understood as epideictic rhetoric, then a connection between its paraenesis and the encomium to Christ (rhetorical hymn) is appropriate. The connections between praise and paraenesis are the focus of this article. How is the paraenesis of Colossians 2-4 connected to the encomium of 1:15-20, and how does our understanding of these connections influence our understanding of the epistle’s theology? This effort employs rhetorical and biblical studies within a historical-critical methodology to discern the ways in which praise and paraenesis are connected in the epistle prior to offering conclusions on how these connections influence and enrich our understanding of Christology in Colossians. It will be argued that the praise of Colossians 1:15-20 is the rhetorical and theological premise for the paraenesis in Colossians 2-4.