Cover; Editorial Board; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction THE ENIGMA OF THE COLOSSIAN OPPONENTS; Part I THE CYNIC INVESTIGATION OF THE CONGREGATION;
Chapter 1 DESCRIBING THE OPPONENTS;
Chapter 2 IDENTIFYING THE OPPONENTS;
Chapter 3 THE CYNIC HYPOTHESIS; Part II THE CYNIC CRITIQUE OF CHRISTIAN PRACTICES;
Chapter 4 THE EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION;
Chapter 5 THE RELIGIOUS CALENDAR;
Chapter 6 THE VIRTUE OF HUMILITY;
Chapter 7 THE WORSHIP OF ANGELS; Part III THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE CRITIQUE;
Chapter 8 THEOLOGICAL RESPONSE;
Chapter 9 ETHICAL RESPONSE; Conclusion.
This book identifies Cynic philosophers as the opponents addressed by the epistle to the Colossians. This identification permits new solutions to old interpretative problems in Colossian studies. In particular, Martin offers a new translation and interpretation of Col. 2.16-23 as well as other problematic passages. Martin contends that the author of Colossians contrasts the hope of the gospel with his opposition's empty deceit and emphasizes important distinctions between Christian ethics and Cynic ethics. The study concludes that Christian ethics as articulated in Colossians transforms societ.