Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Walter Bartling

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

1 Corinthians 7:21; 1 Corinthians 1:1, 2, 9, 24, 26; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:29f; 1 Corinthians 13:2; 1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Corinthians 4:8; 1 Corinthians 7:11; 1 Corinthians 7:17-24; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 1 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Corinthians 12:11; 2 Corinthians 4:16; 2 Corinthians 5:16; 2 Corinthians 7:8; Colossians 4:1; Ephesians 6:5; Ephesians 6:9; Galatians 4:1;


To attempt to discuss the whole of the New Testament evidence on slavery is too broad for a paper of this nature. Therefore, I have limited myself to an exegetical study of I Corinthians 7:21 and some of its implications. This paper will specifically seek to isolate the thrust or message of the pericope and its relationship to the total Pauline corpus, I shall discuss the various textual problems,, -especially the meaning of κλη̑σις and the construction μ̑αλλον χρ̑ησαι Then I shall consider the periscope in its various contexts (the immediate context [verses 17-24], the seventh chapter, the entire book of I Corinthians, and the whole Pauline corpus).

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