EPISTLE TO THE LAODICEANS. From “The Apocryphal New Testament” M.R. James-Translation and Notes Oxford: Clarendon Press, The following is an edited transcript of the audio. In Colossians Paul mentions a letter he wrote to the Laodicean church. If this letter were. 36) two Marcionite forgeries, an epistle to the Laodiceans and one to the Alexandrians, are mentioned and rejected. Apart from the suggestion that these books.

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It is mentioned by various writers from the fourth century onwards, notably by Pope Gregory the Greatto whose influence may ultimately be due the frequent occurrence of it in Bibles written in England; for it is more common in English Bibles than in others. A Study in Balkan Neo-Manichaeism.

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ho God would not, and will not, allow His word to be corrupted, for to do so destroys the very means by which we come to know Him John 6: And now may God grant that my converts may attain to a perfect knowledge of the truth of the Gospel, be beneficent, and doing good works which accompany salvation.

There are a number of smaller epistles that are preserved in our New Testament, chiefly because they come from apostles.

Unione Tipografico-Editrice Torinese, pp. The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans.

Epistle to the Laodiceans

The Making of Paul: According to the Muratorian fragmentMarcion ‘s canon contained an epistle called the Epistle to the Laodiceans which is commonly thought to be a ,aodiceans written to conform to his own point of view. I am indebted to brother Melvin Curry who put me on to this line of thought. Jeromewho wrote the Latin Vulgate translation, wrote in the 4th century, “it is rejected by everyone”.


Colosse and Laodicea are less than fifteen miles apart. In the first Hhe Bohemian Bible, published at Prague in and reprinted several times in the 16th and 17th centuries, Laodiceans follows Colossians and precedes I Thessalonians.

This epistle, along with those to the Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon were likely written during Paul’s Roman captivity, about A. These were generally considered, both at the time [ when? Cambridge University Press, pp. The Writings of Paul: Fabricius, Johann Albert, ed. However there are several scholars who write it off as a forgery.

Laodiceans, Epistle To The

Geschichte des Neutestamentlichen Kanons. Edited by Stanley E. Some scholars have suggested that this refers to the canonical Epistle to the Ephesianscontending that it was a circular letter an encyclical to be read to many churches in the Laodicean area.

The Bible has not been corrupted and authoritative letters have not, somehow, fallen out of it. Others are equally cavalier about the Bible being destroyed. Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John.

Paul’s Epistle to the Laodiceans

Circular letters were used in New Testament times see Revelation and while the Scriptures do not explicitly say Ephesians was for all the churches in that area it is not impossible.

Revell Company, pp. In Colossians chapter 4 verses 13,15, 16 and 17 all contain very definite references to Laodicea. Non-canonical books referenced in the Bible. Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus stuff! In his enumeration of them he place Laodiceans after Philemon. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is innocuous, and while not particularly well written and certainly seems to ramble, it contains nothing new or contradictory to the rest of the New Testament.


It is mentioned by various writers from the fourth century onwards, notably by Pope Gregory the Greatto whose influence may ultimately be due the frequent occurrence of it in Bibles written in England; for it is commoner in English Bibles than in others. Retrieved 6 July The Canon of the New Testament: Many speculate that the Pauline collection found in the New Testament had its origin in these instructions. Clarendon Press, ; reprinted: As we have said before, so now I say again: If he was at Colosse, he would hear the letter read, as everyone else would.

An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis.

Their strongest objection being no surviving Greek text. Translated by John E. Some scholars suggest it may have been the Vulgate epistle described below, [13] while others believe it must have been laodideans explicitly Marcionist in its outlook. Ex officina Henrici Stephani, text and brief commentary, p.