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In approaching the debate surrounding the opponents in Colossians from a methodological standpoint, Copenhaver contends that Paul was not actually confronting active opponents when he wrote the letter. Rather, Copenhaver takes the view that Paul's letter was written to the churches in the Lycus Valley, in a desire to develop their identity as a new people in Christ and to appeal to them to live a new kind of life. His warnings in Colossians 2 function as oppositional rhetoric, contrasting the religious practices of the ...

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    • Title: Reconstructing the Historical Background of Paul's Rhetoric in the Letter to the Colossians by Adam Copenhaver
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
    • Print ISBN: 9780567678812, 0567678814
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    • Edition: 2018 1st edition
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