Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Franzmann

Scripture References in this Resource

Luke 2:25-38; Matthew 15:2-3; Romans 2:17-24; Romans 2:12-15; Deuteronomy 13:18; Deuteronomy 14:1; 1 Corinthians 11:14; Romans 1:26; Romans 2:27; Romans 11:21; 24; Galatians 4:8; Ephesians 2:3; James 3:7; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 3:21; Romans 7:9-10; Deuteronomy 5:31-33; Psalm 19:7-9; Isaiah 51:4-5; Romans 7:14; Romans 8:6; Romans 8:3; Jeremiah 8:8; Psalm 50:16-17; Romans 8:7; Jeremiah 17:9


What relationship the law has for the Christian is no new problem for the Church. Moses, Christ, and Paul dealt with the issue, yet this enigma confronted theologians of the past and continues to confront theologians today. Among contemporary Lutheran theologians the question has revolved around the propriety of using the law as a guide for the Christian's life: the so-called "third use of the law." This concern underlies the present thesis. In Paul, who grappled with God's law, is the chief answer to the dilemma. Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome has provided a most systematic discussion of the place of the law.

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