Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Scharlemann

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 20:1-16; Luke 12:32; Genesis 18:17-19; Genesis 22:16-18; Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 20:6; Exodus 15:26; Exodus 23:25ff; Leviticus 26:3-20; Deuteronomy 5:29; Deuteronomy 7:12-24; Deuteronomy 12:28; Deuteronomy 16:20; Deuteronomy 19:8-9; Deuteronomy 26:12-19; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; James 2:21-24; Deuteronomy 6:24-25; Deuteronomy 5:16; Exodus 20:12; Genesis 3:17; Genesis 4:11-16; Genesis 9:25; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Genesis 12:3; Genesis 27:29; Genesis 5:29; Genesis 8:21; Deuteronomy 7:25ff; Exodus 21:17; Exodus 22:28; Leviticus 19:14; Numbers . 5:11-28; Leviticus 24:10-23; Numbers 15:30-31; Leviticus 16:6-10; Leviticus 19:18; Exodus 21:23; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21; Leviticus 18:20-30; Leviticus 24:10-23; Numbers 31:3


Discipline problems arose early in the church. A case of flagrant immorality at Corinth prompted Pau1 to counsel the congregation there to meet in solemn assembly and to “excommunicate” the offender. The purpose of this study is to examine the subject of discipline as treated in Paul’s letters, particularly the instance related in 1 Cor. 5:1-5, against the background of Qumran. It is an attempt to establish the New Testament principles governing the church in its internal relations as the fellowship or community of God's "called out people" as compared with practices described in the Dead Sea Scrolls. On the basis of our investigation, we propose the thesis that church discipline is one of the tools to be used by the church to enable the Holy Spirit to work toward the repentance and renewal of a member who lives contrary to the expectation of life in Christ.

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