Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Scharlemann

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Isaiah 2:3; Romans 5 :14--33; Romans 12:6; Romans 13:13; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5; Galatians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 9:13; Leviticus 6:2; Leviticus 5:21; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Philippians 3:10; 2 Corinthians 13:13; Philippians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 9:15; 2 Corinthians 1:16; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:24; Romans 5:15; Galatians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 3:10; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Galatians 2:9; Mark 20:28; 2 Corinthians 8:14; Acts 6:1


Paul's collection has always been looked upon for its functional value. It relieved the needs of the Jerusalem poor, and it was an ecumenical venture embracing Jews and Gentiles. Other minor functional explanations have been suggested. Such explanations usually treat the collection as a small event in the history of the early church.

The scope of our investigation is devoted to the eschatological significance Paul attached to the project. Paul's understanding of the end-time seems to provide the only explanation that can justify the time and effort being spent on this matter. Our inquiry may be formulated as follows:

The problem: to discover what significance can be placed on Paul's collection for the saints in Jerusalem.

The thesis: that Paul saw in his collection more than a practical accomplishment, but that it was for him the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies that at the end time the Gentiles would bring "the wealth of nations II to Jerusalem.

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