By Paul the Apostle (Possibly)
Do you know that for hundreds of years Bibles used to comprise a small Epistle from Paul to the Laodiceans? it's 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 simply in flip learn the letter from Laodicea. (Colosse and Laodicea are below fifteen miles apart.)
The oldest identified Bible reproduction of this epistle is within the Fulda manuscript written for Victor of Capua in 546. it really is pointed out via a number of writers from the fourth century onwards, particularly via Gregory the nice, to whose impression could finally 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 out controversy. there's no facts of a Greek textual content. The epistle seems 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 types. on the shut of the tenth century Aelfric, a monk in Dorset, wrote a treatise in Anglo-Saxon at the previous and New Testaments, during 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 concerning 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's written to the church of the Laodiceans'.
The Epistle to the Laodiceans is incorporated in all 18 German Bibles revealed sooner than Luther's translation, starting with the 1st German Bible, issued through Johann psychological at Strassburg in 1488. In those the Pauline Epistles, with the Epistle to the Hebrews, instantly stick to the Gospels, with Laodiceans status among Galatians and Ephesians. within the first Czech (Bohemian) Bible, released at Prague in 1488 and reprinted a number of instances within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Laodiceans follows Colossians and precedes I Thessalonians.
It used to be no longer until eventually the Council of Florence (1439-43) that the See of Rome introduced for the 1st time a express opinion at the Scriptural canon. within the checklist of 27 books of the hot testomony there are 14 Pauline Epistles, that to the Hebrews being final, with the publication of Acts coming instantly earlier than the Revelation of John. The Epistle to the Laodiceans is noteably absent.
This Epistle to the Laodiceans has been hugely esteemed by means of a number of discovered males of the church of Rome and others, together with the Quakers, who've published a translation and plead for it as canon. besides the fact that 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 is a really historical replica, and the opposite within the Library of Joannes a Viridario, at Padmus, which he transcribed and released, and that is the authority for the interpretation below.
(There can be a really outdated translation of this Epistle within the British Museum, one of the Harleian MSS., Cod. 1212.)
Read this epistle for your self and choose in the event you imagine it really is forgery or the phrases of Paul.
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10 Therefore, dearly beloved, as ye have heard in my presence so hold fast and work in the fear of God, and it shall be unto you for life eternal. 11 For it is God that worketh in you. 12 And do ye without afterthought whatsoever ye do. 13 And for the rest, dearly beloved, rejoice in Christ, and beware of them that are filthy in lucre. htm 14 Let all your petitions be made openly before God, and be ye steadfast in the mind of Christ. 15 And what things are sound and true and sober and just and to be loved, do ye.
9 And unto him (or And also) shall he work his mercy in you that ye may have the same love, and be of one mind. 10 Therefore, dearly beloved, as ye have heard in my presence so hold fast and work in the fear of God, and it shall be unto you for life eternal. 11 For it is God that worketh in you. 12 And do ye without afterthought whatsoever ye do. 13 And for the rest, dearly beloved, rejoice in Christ, and beware of them that are filthy in lucre. htm 14 Let all your petitions be made openly before God, and be ye steadfast in the mind of Christ.
Agree thou for the kingdom of God and thou shalt receive the crown which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This, again, is a very incoherent little piece; it is rather like some curious fragmentary homilies printed by Dom de Bruyne from Carlsruhe (Reichenau) MSS. which I am sure are of Irish composition. 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.
Epistle to the Laodiceans by Paul the Apostle (Possibly)