Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Paul Bretscher

Scripture References in this Resource

John 17:11; 21; 22; 23; John 10:30; Matthew 13:46; Matthew 18:5; Matthew 25:15; Matthew 25:24; Matthew 27:15; Mark 15:6; Luke 15:7-8; Acts 12:10; Acts 21:7; Acts 28:13; Acts 28:25; Romans 12:4; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Corinthians 12:26; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Colossians 3:15; Luke 15:10; Titus 3:10; Luke 16:17; Revelation 6:1; Luke 17:34a; Revelation 9:12; John 7:21; Revelation 17:12; John 10:16


This thesis is a study of the numeral ει’̂ς, μία, έν in the Gospel of John. At the heart of the study was the desire to come to an understanding of the oneness of the church (John 17). It was not possible, however, to proceed directly to such an interpretation. As the second chapter will show, the word for one (έν) in John 17:11, 21, 22, 23 is normally an adjective but in John 17 it is used as a substantive. The full meaning of what the substantive describes can be determined only on the basis of a study of the text and context. Furthermore, in John 17, where Jesus prays that all future believers may be one, He compares this oneness to the oneness which exists between Himself and the Father. Therefore it was found necessary to determine first of all what was meant by the oneness of the Father and the Son before an attempt could be made to understand what it is meant by the oneness of the church.

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