Saturday, November 3, 2007

Colossians Remixed

"Colossians Remixed" by Walsh and Keesmaat was a bold interpretation of Colossians intended for the 21st century. I was really impressed with the scholarship that went into this book. Walsh and Keesmaat did a terrific job of drawing from a wide variety of solid sources.

The book had several components to it. First of all, it shed light on the context of Colossians and argued that this letter was a subversive and politically charged letter that directly confronted the empire of Rome. The authors then attempted to retell the story of the letter in light of our current global empire of consumerism. The book was written to engage the postmodern mind and even argued that the postmodern desire for choice and diversity is really a false cover-up for the idolatry of global consumerism.

Many of the ideas in the book are pretty heavy, and would take up too much space to try and explain in this blog post. My reading of this book left me with the impression that no Bible study or sermon on Colossians should be done without at least consulting this book.

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