Colossae – known only from Colossians

The word Colossae appears only once in the New Testament.

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. (Colossians 1:1-2 ESV).

Colossae was one of the tri-cities of the Lycus River valley. Paul’s letter to the saints at Colossae mentions two other cities, Laodicea and Hierapolis (Colossians 4:13-16).

Colossae is located on the south bank of the small Lycus River which continues to flow westward to join the Meander River. In the photo below you will see the ancient mound central in this image. In the backgound (south) to the left you will see Mount Cadmus. The city of Honaz is located at the base of the mountain.

Between the vineyard in the foreground and the mound there is a a little black line. Hidden there is the small Lycus River flowing west (to the right).

Colossae, Mount Cadmus. Photo: ferrelljenkins.blog.

The mound or tel ( Huyuk in Turkey) of Colossae is located on the north side of Mount Cadmus. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The site of Colossae was discovered by William J. Hamilton in 1835. The tell (Turkish, huyuk) is located on the south bank of the Lycus River about three miles northwest of Honaz. Colossae was deserted by A.D. 800 when the city moved to the new town of Khonai (modern Honaz). There is little to be seen today. Several organizations have shown interest in excavating Colossae but so far there has been no major expedition. See article by Dr. Harold Mare, NEAS Bulletin, New Series No. 7, 1976. A group from Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, has conducted some research in the area.

3 responses to “Colossae – known only from Colossians

  1. Dennis Craig Baugh

    My best contact on the status of excavations is Mark Wilson. Last Nov at SBL, Mark told me there are no plans for Colossae in the immediate future. The director of the excavations at Laodicea is heavily involved in that effort. According to Mark, he would direct any future work at Colossae. This has been one of my interest areas since 2007, so thought I would chime in.

  2. My friend Ferrell Jenkins, your ‘website’ is sensational, I accompany you with great joy.
    You provide the exact description of the places and even post the images.
    May GOD bless and keep you.
    Pastor Afonso from São Paulo, Brazil

  3. Ferrell,

    Thank you so much for your contributions. I pray things are going well with you. You may have heard that I was asked to retire at the end of last spring because of budget issues. Oh, well. It gives me more time to pursue my archaeological interests.

    Hope all is well.

    Dale

    On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 10:13 AM Ferrell’s Travel Blog wrote:

    > ferrelljenkins posted: “The word Colossae appears only once in the New > Testament. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy > our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: > Grace to you and peace from God our Father. (Colossians 1” >

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