The apostle Paul identifies himself as the author, along with Timothy, who possibly served as his scribe in writing (Col. 1:1). The letter contains a first-person reference in Col. 1:23 and closes with the words, “The salutation by the hand of me, Paul” (Col. 4:18). While some scholars have cast doubt on Pauline authorship because of stylistic and theological differences, their arguments are not convincing. While some of the style and language are specific to the Colossian situation, there is much in the letter that fits Paul’s other writings. Regarding the theology of the book, while the specifics of the threat of a worldly “philosophy” (Col. 2:8) are unique to the church in Colosse, Paul’s emphasis on a high Christology and the centrality of the gospel to combat such a threat is in keeping with the theology of Paul’s other letters. There is little reason to doubt the authenticity of Pauline authorship.

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ByJustus Musinguzi

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