Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Edgar Krentz

Scripture References in this Resource

Ephesians 5:21-33; Numbers 25:1-3; Deuteronomy 31:16; Exodus 34:15; Leviticus 17:7; Hosea 1:2; Isaiah 62:4; Hosea 2:16; 19; Jeremiah 2:2; Jeremiah 3:1-11; Jeremiah 31:31; 32; Ezekiel 16:3b; Ezekiel 16:8b; Ezekiel 23:4; Isaiah 49:18; Isaiah 54:4-7; Isaiah 61:10; Isaiah 62:4-5; Proverbs 8:22; Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:19-20; Mark 5:34-35; Matthew 22:1-10; Luke 14:16-24; Matthew 25:1-13; Luke 12:36; John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; 2 Corinthians 11:1-3; Romans 7:1-6; Galatians 4:22-31


This thesis is an investigation of the figure of marriage in Ephesians 5:21-33. The specific problem is to determine whether or not in these verses the figure exists as it does throughout Scripture. Thus this discussion necessitates establishing what characteristics, if any, are common to the figure of marriage in the Old Testament and New Testament. The ultimate question that results is are Christ and the Church regarded as husband and wife in these verses?" The answer will be determined in these verses by specific statements to that effect or by the description of the relationship between Christ and the Church as a marriage. Complications arise because the human institution is very much a part of the passage, and a close comparison is made between Christ and the husband on the one hand and the Church and the wife on the other. The problem, then, will not consist of finding marital allusions but it must be an analysis of the marital language as it applies to Christ and the Church.

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