Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Alex Guebert

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Kings 10:22; Luke 7:1-10; Luke 3:14; 2 Corinthians 11:32-33; Acts 16:20-21; Acts 28:16ff; Ephesians 6:11; Ephesians 6:13; Romans 13:12; 2 Corinthians 6:7; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Ephesians 6:15; Acts 22:23; Ephesians 6:16; Ephesians 6:17; Romans 13:4; Matthew 4:46; John 17:17; Galatians 3:23; Philippians 4:7; Romans 2:26; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:12;


The purpose of this thesis is not to show how Paul was influenced by the Gentile world into which he was born. The writer will not try to point out how the, intellectualism of· the Greeks and the materialism of the Romans influenced Paul in his theology. It will be taken as a positive premise in this thesis that Paul's theology was of divine origin, that his words were inspired words, that his teachings were from God instead of being a mixture of the best thoughts or philosophies that either of these civilizations produced. The fact that Paul was born into and lived in a world that was, to say the least, unsettled and negative in its religious thinking, does not say that Paul gleaned his teachings there. However, he did use the language of the times and he did use words and thoughts which were common parlance in that day. Seeing how Paul used these words, particularly those with a military meaning, and applied them to his message of the Gospel sheds new light on the full meaning he intended to convey. It will be the purpose, then, of this thesis to show where Paul possibly became acquainted with the military terms he uses; to briefly examine the arms, armor and military tactics of the times; and to pick out references from his epistles and exegize them on the basis of this background.

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