By Paul the Apostle (Possibly)
Were you aware that for hundreds of years Bibles used to comprise a small Epistle from Paul to the Laodiceans? it truly is referenced in Colossians four vers sixteen. After this letter has been learn to you, see that it's also learn within the church of the Laodiceans and that you just in flip learn the letter from Laodicea. (Colosse and Laodicea are lower than fifteen miles apart.)
The oldest identified Bible replica of this epistle is within the Fulda manuscript written for Victor of Capua in 546. it really is pointed out through numerous writers from the fourth century onwards, significantly by means of Gregory the good, to whose impact may possibly eventually be due the widespread incidence of it in Bibles written in England; for it truly is commoner in English Bibles than in others.
However this epistle isn't really with no controversy. there is not any facts of a Greek textual content. The epistle looks in additional than a hundred manuscripts of the Latin Vulgate (including the oldest, the distinguished codex Fuldensis, 546 CE), in addition to in manuscripts of early Albigensian, Bohemian, English, and Flemish models. on the shut of the tenth century Aelfric, a monk in Dorset, wrote a treatise in Anglo-Saxon at the outdated and New Testaments, within which he states that the apostle Paul wrote 15 Epistles. In his enumeration of them he position Laodiceans after Philemon. approximately 1165 CE John of Salisbury, writing in regards to the canon to Henry count number of Champagne (Epist. 209), recognizes that 'it is the typical, certainly nearly common, opinion that there are just 14 Epistles of Paul ... however the fifteenth is that that is written to the church of the Laodiceans'.
The Epistle to the Laodiceans is integrated in all 18 German Bibles published sooner than Luther's translation, starting with the 1st German Bible, issued by way of Johann psychological at Strassburg in 1488. In those the Pauline Epistles, with the Epistle to the Hebrews, instantly keep on with the Gospels, with Laodiceans status among Galatians and Ephesians. within the first Czech (Bohemian) Bible, released at Prague in 1488 and reprinted numerous occasions within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Laodiceans follows Colossians and precedes I Thessalonians.
It was once now not till the Council of Florence (1439-43) that the See of Rome brought for the 1st time a express opinion at the Scriptural canon. within the record of 27 books of the recent testomony there are 14 Pauline Epistles, that to the Hebrews being final, with the booklet of Acts coming instantly ahead of the Revelation of John. The Epistle to the Laodiceans is noteably absent.
This Epistle to the Laodiceans has been hugely esteemed through numerous discovered males of the church of Rome and others, together with the Quakers, who've revealed a translation and plead for it as canon. even if there are a number of students who write it off as a forgery. Their most powerful objection being no surviving Greek text.
Sixtus Senensis mentions manuscripts, the only within the Sorbonne Library at Paris, that's a really historic replica, and the opposite within the Library of Joannes a Viridario, at Padmus, which he transcribed and released, and that's the authority for the interpretation below.
(There is usually a truly previous translation of this Epistle within the British Museum, one of the Harleian MSS., Cod. 1212.)
Read this epistle for your self and choose if you happen to imagine it's forgery or the phrases of Paul.
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2 Grace be unto you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I give thanks unto Christ in all my prayers, that ye continue in him and persevere in his works, looking for the promise at the day of judgement. 4 Neither do the vain talkings of some overset you, which creep in, that they may turn you away from the truth of the Gospel which is preached by me. 5 And now shall God cause that they that are of me shall continue ministering unto the increase of the truth of the Gospel and accomplishing goodness, and the work of salvation, even eternal life.
I do not think it can be called an apocryphon at all; there are other pieces scattered about in manuscripts called 'preachings' of Paul, or the like, which are just centos of texts and precepts.
It is headed Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians, but it is not from that letter or any other. Brethren, we that are under the power of the Lord ought to keep the commandment of God. They that keep the Lord's precepts have eternal life, and they that deny his commandments get to themselves ruin and thereto the second death. Now the precept of the Lord is this: Thou shalt not swear falsely, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not take gifts against the truth, neither for power.