among the Prison Letters:---------------
A. Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians
1. Ephesians and Colossians have strong interrelationship
B. Philippians is independent in theme,
setting etc. from the above three letters.
Of 155 verses in Ephesians, 73 have verbal parallels in Colossians.
2. Tychicus is a connecting link for all three.
Only brief portions of Ephesians have no parallels in Colossians, i.e.,
2:6-9; 4:4-13; 5:29-33 et al.
Eph. 6:21-22: he is being sent to Ephesus with Ephesians.
Col. 4:7-9: he is being sent to Colossae with Colossians.
Col. 4:9: He was accompanied by Onesiumus in Philemon.
C. The issue of where Paul was when these four letters were written,
assuming Pauline authorship.
1. Rome (imprisonment in 61-62 AD) for
all four letters.
2. Caesarea (imprisonment in 58-59 AD).
Eph. Col. Philm would have been in early part of that period
Phil. would have been toward close of that period.
First adopted by H.E.G. Paulus in 1799.
3. Ephesus (imprisonment in mid 50s, mentioned
in 1 Cor. 15:32; 2 Cor. 11:23; 6:5; 1:8; 1 Clement 5:6)
A currently popular alternative to traditional view above
First adopted by Adolf von Deissmann in 1897.
Referred to in the Marconite Prologue to Colossians
Adopted by some contemporary New Testament scholars, especially for