Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Frederick Danker

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 13:10; 1 Corinthians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 14:20; Philippians 3:15; Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28; Colossians 4: 12; Colossians 3:14; Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 7:28; Hebrews 10:14; Hebrews 11:40; Hebrews 12:23; Hebrews 9:11; Hebrews 5:14-6:1; Genesis 6:9; Exodus 12:5; Deuteronomy 18:13; Judges 20:26; Joshua 10:13; Job 36:4; Genesis 17:1; Psalm 7:24; Psalm 7:31; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 18:8; Psalm 7:33; Ezekiel 28:15; Proverbs 11:20; Proverbs 28:18; Psalm 100:2; Psalm 118:1


This study is intended to analyze and explain the use of Τέλειος and cognates primarily in the thirteen Pauline Epistles and Hebrews, with specific reference to the problem of semantic uniformity in these epistles. / Although much has been written about individual occurrences of Τέλειος , / the question of the over-all role of Τέλειος terminology has received less attention than it deserves, and where treated, has too often been considered under the category of "perfection," which is not always an appropriate category for understanding individual passages, or recurring themes associated with Τέλειος. The findings of this study will be used to determine the appropriateness of the English adjective "perfect" in translating Τέλειος. This investigation is confined to the Pauline Epistles and Hebrews in order to include the largest concentrations of both the verb and the adjective under the fewest number of authors. Pauline authorship is assumed for all the passages cited in Chapter III.

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