Автор: гл. ас. д-р Теодор Стойчев/Teodor Stojchev (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Рецензент: проф. дбн Емил Стоянов Богословски факултет, СУ "Св. Климент Охридски"
Шуменски университет „Епископ Константин Преславски” ФАКУЛТЕТ ПО ХУМАНИТАРНИ НАУКИ КАТЕДРА ПО ИСТОРИЯ И АРХЕОЛОГИЯ
THE HYMN IN COL. 1:15-20
Abstract: The researched theme is of great importance for the understanding of the New Testament. The Hymn in Col. 1:15-20 contains christological phrases, that reveal the divinity of Jesus Christ by manner specific for the time. The Savior is named “image of the invisible God” (1:15) and He is before the all creation (1:17). Something more, the hymn confirms, that by Him the universe is made. These and another phrases show us the specific participation of Lord Jesus in the divine identity. God creates and Son also creates. St. apostle Paul writes that in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form (Col. 2:9). These expressions are the base on which the church`s fathers and teachers have built their theology. In the same time Lord Jesus is named “the head of the body, the church” (1:18). This phrase underlines the deep connection between Christ and believers. Also it expresses that the unity in the Church is possible by Him . In the Hymn we find the centrality of Jesus Christ. It is a hymn for Him. This text gives us a possibility to compare the manner of speaking about Savior in the apostolic period with the one in the post-apostolic period. Consequently it is a program that waits for later development.
KEY WORDS: Hymn, divinity, Lord Jesus Christ, creation, church