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Monday, September 03, 2012

Colossians 4 Chiasm

It's been a while between chiasms. Not because they're not out there, more because I've not been posting.
Are you ready for it?
Here goes:

7 Τὰ κατ᾿ ἐμὲ πάντα γνωρίσει ὑμῖν

      ὁ ἀγαπητὸς ἀδελφὸς καὶ πιστὸς διάκονος
      καὶ σύνδουλος ἐν κυρίῳ,
      8 ὃν ἔπεμψα πρὸς ὑμᾶς εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο,

            ἵνα γνῶτε τὰ περὶ ἡμῶν καὶ
            παρακαλέσῃ τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν,

      9 σὺν Ὀνησίμῳ
      τῷ πιστῷ καὶ ἀγαπητῷ ἀδελφῷ,
      ὅς ἐστιν ἐξ ὑμῶν·

πάντα ὑμῖν γνωρίσουσιν τὰ ὧδε.

or in English:

everything about me he shall make known to you

      the beloved brother, faithful servant,
      co-slave in the Lord,
      whom i am sending to you for this reason:

            that you might know about me,
            and that your hearts might be encouraged.

      [whom i am sending to you] with Onesimus
      the faithful and beloved brother,
      who is from you,

everything here shall they make known to you.

What stands out is both the florid descriptions of Tychicus and Onesimus, but also the way in 4.8 Tychicus' name doesn't get a mention for some time. This is perhaps to allow the 'making everything about me known to you' to frame the section.

This idea of what's happening with Paul and Co. also gets a jersey in the middle, but also perhaps the purpose of the letter: that your hearts might be encouraged. The whole theme of the Supremacy of Christ is an encouragement to those who are trying to be holy in a world which isn't, and trust in Christ in a world which doesn't (1.2 - nb TNIV, NIV11, Gk).

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Blogger Ben Zhao said...

What is a Chiasm?

4:48 pm  
Blogger psychodougie said...

search my blog for the tag 'chiasm' - let me know if that doesn't explain it.

the short answer is, it's a way of structuring a clause, a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a book, a collection of books, such that they work their way from out in, rather than as you work through it.

so rather than ABCDE and E the main point, it would be ABCBA with C the main point.

4:54 pm  
Anonymous Fatima said...

can you help me with some questions on prayer?

Can we pray directly to God?
I thought that the point of the "curtain being torn in two" was that we could have direct access to God?

Do we need to pray through someone?
Through Jesus Christ? (as does almost every prayer in the Australian Prayer Book)
Through the Holy Spirit? (who intercedes for us - Romans 8:26,27)

If we do need to pray through someone, does it mean that if we don't finish a prayer with "through....." then our prayer will not be heard by God?

The most famous and most said prayer in the world is surely the Lord's Prayer. This does not finish with "through ........"
I understand that this prayer was authored by Jesus himself, before his death and resurrection.
Should we, as Christians, i.e. post resurrection, be finishing the Lord's Prayer with "through Jesus Christ our Lord"?

8:44 am  

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