- On account of the self-contained nature of the passage, its compact phrasing, and its cadences (more evident in the Greek than in translation), 1:15-20 is widely thought to be a devotional poem or “hymn.”
- Unity and coherence speak against adaptation of an existing hymn.
- Probably originated in the context of Christian worship.
- Conceptual categories most likely derived from Greek speaking Jewish circles [LXX].
- Stettler characterizes this as a “Christ-Psalm” lauding Jesus in the cadences of the Psalter.
What is most interesting to note is the lack of attention paid to προτοτοκος. Hurtado does not even entertain the thought that the mutation/explosion among early Christians as to the worship of Jesus, may have gone astray from monotheism to an adoptionistic Christology [a thought entertained by Dunn in Christology in the Making?]. Unless προτοτοκος is adequately dealt with, this conclusion remains a distinct possibility. Col 1:15-20 must be carefully exegeted to see if this conclusion is warranted. Failing that, an analysis of devotion to Jesus within a monotheistic framework remains incomplete.I hope to address προτοτοκος in an upcoming blog... Your thoughts?
 Hurdato, Lord Jesus Christ, pg. 505