Final thoughts on Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat’s study, Colossians Remixed.
We now close off Colossians Remixed with the final section in Walsh and Keesmaat’s book.
The second to last section in Colossians Remixed concerns the story of Jesus as a story of suffering — and this, they suggest, provides a foundation for the Colossian Christians to understand their own suffering.
From the fictional story of Nympha’s trial to a justification of the theology behind that story, Walsh and Keesmaat now turn in Colossians Remixed.
Nympha is on trial, an imaginary trial, as Walsh and Keesmaat dramatically close off their book: Colossians Remixed. She’s been confronted with the “image” of God poem of Colossians 1:15-20, which the magistrates think is subversion of Caesar.
We come now to the closing chapter of Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed. The last chp is about a “suffering ethic” and it concerns the imaginary trial of Nympha.
What about women?, so asks Nympha in Walsh and Keesmaat’s imaginary dialogue in the church at Colosse (in Colossians Remixed).
The following comment opens up chp 11 in Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed, and it’s a good one.
Let’s get practical — so say Walsh and Keesmaat in Colossians Remixed.
How then is the postmodern dilemma resolved ethically? If there is anxious paralysis or nihilism or simply the resolution in personal experience, is there any way to render moral judgment when one suspects something is wrong? Walsh and Keesmaat, in […]
Colossians 3:5-8 (see below) partakes in the discourse of violence according to Walsh and Keesmaat in their Colossians Remixed.Today we look at this passage.
Most importantly, the ethic of relationship and the ethic of narrative leads to an ethic of secession (from the empire) in Walsh and Keesmaat’s study of Colossians, Colossians Remixed.
After mentioning that Paul’s ethic in Colossians is a resurrection, ascension, liberation, and eschatological ethic, Walsh and Keesmaat, in Colossians Remixed, contend also that the ethic of Paul is “relational” and “narrative” and (tomorrow’s post) an ethic of secession.
Walsh and Keesmaat, in their Colossians Remixed, want to know “what kind of ethic” we find in Colossians 3:1-17. Good discussion follows.
Walsh and Keesmaat, in their ever-provocative study of Colossians in light of postmodernity, Colossians Remixed, devote a chp to Colossians 3 under the thematic heading of “an ethic of secession.” Today we look at how postmoderns view ethical teachings in […]
We come to the end of our week with chp 8 in Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed, and this week has focused on their hermeneutical move from ancient text to postmodern world — what they are calling a “targum” on […]
Now for the final link in the targum of Colossians 3:1-4 by Walsh and Keesmaat (Colossians Remixed).
Now for some more targum from Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed.
This week in Walsh and Keesmaat’s study of Colossians, called Colossians Remixed, they once again move into the territory of targumizing — or updating — Colossians 2:8–3:4, but this time they discuss first the “hermeneutical method” and view of “biblical […]
If knowledge flows from our commitments, is all knowledge relative? So Walsh and Keesmaat ask in Colossians Remixed. The problem one often hears about postmodernity is relativism.
Well, then is a proper Christian approach to truth simply a chastened modernity, a humble objectivism? So Walsh and Keesmaat are asked in Colossians Remixed.
We are looking at Colossians Remixed and we come again to the question about whether or not truth is “objective.”
One of the more potent questions folks ask postmodernists is if truth is anything more than, or other than, a rhetoric used by those in power to justify their power? Walsh and Keesmaat address the so-called “objectivity” of truth in […]
What is truth? is the question that shapes chp 7 in Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed. The concern of this book is to explore postmodern questions by reading Colossians; they do this creatively and in a variety of ways and […]
But this suggestion of a suffering God and a creation-affirming God of redemption … does this story get carried on by Paul in Colossians or is his gospel the fullness of that gospel? So, we turn to the end of […]
Now we are to the big question in Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed: Is Paul’s gospel, especially since it counters the philosophy’s “gospel,” just another rhetorical power play? Is it just another constructed regime of truth?
In Walsh-Keesmaat,Colossians Remixed, we are exploring how a postmodern world can grapple with Paul’s “totalizing” worldview in Colossians.
So, we remind ourselves from yesterday, what are we to make of Colossians in a postmodern world if Colossians is a worldview text? Another piece of the puzzle we find in Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed.
“Regimes of truth” and the “word of truth” is the subject of chp 6 in Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed. The chp begins with this statement: “The Colossian Christians had trouble on both sides. To many Jews they were heretics, […]
W-K, in Colossians Remixed, make the observation that many try to see the “thrones and dominions” (shorthand for the four terms found in Colossians 1:16) in either exclusively political or spiritual (angels, etc) terms.
We’ve been hard on W-K in their commentary on Colossians called Colossians Remixed and I’m being hard on them because I want to see evidence and not just explanation.
I begin our study today of Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed, by quoting this:
Walsh and Keesmaat (Colossians Remixed) suggest we develop, alongside Paul’s and fired both by Paul’s imagination and the narrative of Scripture, an imagination that is an “alternative to the empire’s” (85).
This is poetry; this is poetry about the “image”. And Walsh and Keesmaat, in their Colossians Remixed, argue this is subversive poetry, poetry about an image that undermines empire and Rome and Caesar.
In Colossians Remixed, Walsh-Keesmaat argue that there are three important rules for interpreting a text: context, context, context. Which is what the first four chapters did. What surprises, of course, many today is that they would choose “empire” as the […]
What does Paul mean when he speaks of “fruitfulness” on the part of the church at Colosse? Here is Col. 1:5-6: “Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel which has come to you, […]
How do we tell the story of the Bible? Let’s keep it simple: the Reformed focus on covenant, the Lutherans on Gospel and Law, low church evangelicals on personal redemption … and we could go on. What Walsh and Keesmaat […]
The second half of chp 3 of Walsh-Keesmaat’s commentary on Colossians, called Colossians Remixed, explains how “empire” works — and their whole commentary reads Colossians as a response to empire.
Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat’s commentary, Colossians Remixed, blends three elements: a postmodern approach, a socio-economic critique of empire in the West, and a creative attempt to get into the realities of the Colossian letter and its recipients. Chp 3 […]
What is perhaps most interesting to me about W-K’s “commentary” (Colossians Remixed) is their explanation of three terms [make that four]: peace, grace, truth, and spiritual wisdom.
The targum of Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed, continues:
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Just in case you are wondering what Walsh and Keesmaat’s understanding of Colossians and postmodernity might look like, they have “updated” Colossians 1:1-14, what the ancient Jews called a “targum.” This is from:Colossians Remixed.
We are reading through Colossians along with Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat (W-K), with their Colossians Remixed, and today we will look further at the first chapter.
We begin today a series on Colossians and to do this I will be reading my way through a book many of you have perhaps read: Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmat, a husband and wife team, wrote Colossians Remixed.
Col. 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, Col. 1:2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our […]