Firstborn Of or Firstborn Over

by Sean Finnegan

Colossians 1.15 presents an interesting test case to examine translation bias.  Well meaning Bible students have taken this text in at least three different ways.  However, some translations, motivated by a fear that readers might see Christ as a member of creation, have increasingly pushed for seeing this text as proof that he is superior to all of creation.  In what follows I examine several popular translations and discuss the two main issues in this verse.

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