Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Victor Bartling


The object in writing this thesis was to got down to the real meaning of the words and action of Jesus in the foot washing of His disciples. The problem was primarily whether Christ had given to His Church a sacred ordinance that He expected His followers to observe after His ascension, or whether we were really free from any obligation to a specific rite in connection with Christ's command in John 13:14 f. The problem is significant since there have been and still are large numbers of Christians that observe the custom of foot washing as a very sacred ordinance. In attempting to answer this question several additional problems appeared in connection with the interpretation of Jesus' words in His conversation with Peter. Particular emphasis was placed upon verse ten.

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