By Christopher A. Beetham

ISBN-10: 9004170812

ISBN-13: 9789004170810

Whereas using the previous testomony within the New testomony has captured the eye of biblical students through the years, no research has been dedicated to the presence of Scripture in ''Colossians'', principally simply because there are not any specific quotations in ''Colossians''. With the creation of literary intertextuality into the self-discipline, even if, students have began to commit extra recognition to the NT authors' much less particular references to Scripture, frequently labelled as 'allusions' and/or 'echoes.' students, besides the fact that, proceed to discuss what constitutes an allusion or echo, or how one validates a given concept as such. This examine proposes new definitions of those phrases and gives a technique on tips on how to become aware of and validate them, utilizing ''Colossians'' as a try case.

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F. : Princeton University Press, 1993), 38–39 (emphasis mine). 32 Ben-Porat, “The Poetics of Literary Allusion,” 105–128. 33 Miner, “Allusion,” 39 col. 1. 34 Cf. Miner, “Allusion,” 38–40. 35 Ben-Porat, “The Poetics of Literary Allusion,” 107. 36 Perri, “On Alluding,” 290. ”37 If the work is unfamiliar to the reader, the allusion will race past the ear like an arrow that missed its target. 38 Even if the audience does miss the allusion, however, contextual clues may be present to help the reader piece together a partial understanding of what the author has signified.

Even though there are no quotations of the ot in Colossians and this study will not be studying parallels, to have defined “quotation” and “parallel” is exceptionally helpful because it increases the reader’s knowledge base and thereby 82 Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, 29, writes that “we must reckon with varying degrees of certainty in our efforts to identify and interpret intertextual echoes. Sometimes the echo will be so loud that only the dullest or most ignorant reader could miss it .

What follows is a proposal of such a methodology as we prepare to hunt for allusions and echoes in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. An Author-Oriented or Reader-Oriented Approach? ”6 The question is a good one and requires a studied response. As we will see below, an allusion by definition must be overt enough to be recognized by the audience. An author has failed in his use of allusion as a literary device if the audience does not catch the reference. If the audience fails to recognize the allusion, however, it does not follow that the attempt to allude was not made by the author.

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