Colossians 1.15-20: Preexistence or Preeminence [6 pages]
by William Wachtel rated at 3.3 (2 votes so far)
In standard evangelical commentary, two texts from Paul's writings are constantly used to teach the personal preexistence of Christ: Philippians 2:5-11 and Colossians 1:15-20. William Wachtel questions seriously, however, whether any such ideas were in Paul's mind. In Philippians 2:5, for instance, Paul declares he is holding forth the historical example of the man Christ Jesus, not some prehistoric example into which can be read ideas of personal preexistence. Can the same be said to be true of Colossians 1:15-20?
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Elohim: What Does the Word God Mean?
by Sean Finnegan [3 pages]
rated at 2.7 (out of 2 votes)
It may be shocking to learn that the word 'God' was much more flexible at the time of the writing of the Bible than it is today. In fact, Moses, Satan, and the Judges of Israel were all given the divine title, yet no one felt the need to construct philosophically nuanced redefinitions of who God is.