Corporate Emphasis and Individual Anthropology in Colossians 3

The presence of corporate language in Paul is undeniable. This paper will explore why Paul uses specific linguistic expressions, plural pronouns with singular substantives, in the letter of Colossians to emphasize our corporate nature in Christ. At issue will be the question of whether or not Paul is sacrificing individual anthropology for the sake of corporate body emphasis? Thus, could Paul have as an intentional consequence of such corporate emphasis the swallowing up of anthropological individuality?

5 thoughts on “Corporate Emphasis and Individual Anthropology in Colossians 3”

  1. May be a false disjunction
    The majority of ethical commands in Colossians 3 are about relationships between believers. But that is not surprising since both Paul and Jesus prioritize love as the chief virtue for disciples and a summary of the Law.


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