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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.