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 really is 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 just in flip learn the letter from Laodicea. (Colosse and Laodicea are under fifteen miles apart.)
The oldest identified Bible replica of this epistle is within the Fulda manuscript written for Victor of Capua in 546. it truly is pointed out via a variety of writers from the fourth century onwards, significantly through Gregory the nice, to whose effect may possibly eventually be due the widespread prevalence of it in Bibles written in England; for it really is commoner in English Bibles than in others.
However this epistle isn't really with out controversy. there is not any proof of a Greek textual content. The epistle looks 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 models. 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 is written to the church of the Laodiceans'.
The Epistle to the Laodiceans is integrated in all 18 German Bibles revealed sooner than Luther's translation, starting with the 1st German Bible, issued by means of Johann psychological at Strassburg in 1488. In those the Pauline Epistles, with the Epistle to the Hebrews, instantly stick with 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 was once no longer until eventually the Council of Florence (1439-43) that the See of Rome brought for the 1st time a specific opinion at the Scriptural canon. within the record of 27 books of the recent testomony there are 14 Pauline Epistles, that to the Hebrews being final, with the ebook of Acts coming instantly prior to the Revelation of John. The Epistle to the Laodiceans is noteably absent.
This Epistle to the Laodiceans has been hugely esteemed via numerous discovered males of the church of Rome and others, together with the Quakers, who've revealed a translation and plead for it as canon. in spite of 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 single within the Sorbonne Library at Paris, that's a really historical reproduction, and the opposite within the Library of Joannes a Viridario, at Padmus, which he transcribed and released, and that's the authority for the interpretation below.
(There is usually 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 judge in the event you imagine it truly is forgery or the phrases of Paul.
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5 And now shall God cause that they that are of me shall continue ministering unto the increase of the truth of the Gospel and accomplishing goodness, and the work of salvation, even eternal life. 5 And now are my bonds seen of all men, which I suffer in Christ, wherein I rejoice and am glad. 7 And unto me this is for everlasting salvation, which also is brought about by your prayers, and the ministry of the Holy Ghost, whether by life or by death. 8 For verily to me life is in Christ, and to die is joy.
3 I give thanks unto Christ in all my prayers, that ye continue in him and persevere in his works, looking for the promise at the day of judgement. 4 Neither do the vain talkings of some overset you, which creep in, that they may turn you away from the truth of the Gospel which is preached by me. 5 And now shall God cause that they that are of me shall continue ministering unto the increase of the truth of the Gospel and accomplishing goodness, and the work of salvation, even eternal life. 5 And now are my bonds seen of all men, which I suffer in Christ, wherein I rejoice and am glad.
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.