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Outlining a Bible Passage III: Colossians

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It is one thing to outline a bible passage from a narrative like the Gospel of Mark.  It is another thing to outline a passage from the Pauline letters or any discursive type of biblical literature.  The key is to make a good sentence flow of the text and then to see where one idea ends and another one begins.  If in narratives, the key for the division of a pericope are most often the changes in characters, places, actions, in a discourse, it is most often the words or the theme that is crucial.  Below are two examples from the selections from Colossions for Wednesday and Thursday of the 23rd week of OT Year B (click on the image for a bigger look)

An article on both these selections is found here:  Put on the New Man.  Integrated in the article is a Sentence Flow of the same.  For Col. 2:20–3:11, the keywords “died” and “raised” were determinant, together with the phrase “putting on the old and new”, a reference to the changing of ordinary clothes into baptismal robes.  For Col. 3:12–17, the important idea was “God’s people”.  Here the emphasis is on what should be put on.  (Note that in 3:1–11, the emphasis is what should be shed and set aside.)

See the following articles from Your Daily Inspiration for some more examples

Update September 9, 2010

More articles from Daily Inspiration below

Originally posted 2009-09-09 22:08:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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