I received the following question:

What is Scythian? They are mentioned in Colossians 3:11. “where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.”

Apparently the Scythians were considered the most vicious and backward of barbarians by the Romans. Common scholarship places the Scythians in modern-day Russia. Paul says “barbarian, Scythian.” The barbarians were just those who could not speak Greek. The Scythians were much more like what we think of as “barbarians.”

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