Robert Kolb

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Walter Bartling

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3b-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23; Romans 8:32-34; Galatians 1:4; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:2; 25; 1 Timothy 2:6; Titus 2:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 8:3; Philippians 2:6-11; Romans 5:15; 19; Isaiah 42:1-4; 9; Isaiah 49:1-6; 13; Isaiah 52:13-S3:12; Romans 10:16; Romans 15:21; Romans 10:14; Isaiah 53:1; John 12:38; Philippians 2:6-11; Genesis 14:20; Deuteronomy 1:21; Daniel 12:2-3; Daniel 11:33-34; Romans 1:24; 26; 28; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Corinthians 15:24


This thesis is the result of an investigation of the Pauline epistles which sought to determine whether Paul did use Isaiah 53 in the formation of his Christology, and if he did, to determine the purpose of his uses of that chapter. This presentation seeks to demonstrate that Paul's use of the image of the suffering Servant of .God taken from Isaiah 53 is infrequent at best and difficult to determine assuredly in most cases. It further seeks to demonstrate that most possible references to Isaiah 53 are found 1n formulations which at least may be pre-Pauline. However, the implication that pre-Pauline material is of secondary value .in a study of Paul's theology is not accepted in this presentation. For if the image of the suffering Servant is present in the passages where this study suggests that it may be, then Paul's usage of that image is quite important for the apostle's conception of Jesus Christ.

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