Jerald Joersz

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

H. Armin Moellering

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 7:10-16; Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:9; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5


The purpose of this thesis is to re-examine 1 Cor. 7:10-16, on the basis of which desertio malitiosa has been regarded as a second "ground" for divorce, with the liberty of remarriage. Our intention is to address the question at the level suggested by the second of the above two approaches to the interpretation of the divorce and remarriage texts, and to inquire whether in fact the traditional position regarding malicious desertion as articulated by theologians of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod LCMS) can be substantiated by a valid exegesis of the text.9 With the Biblical text as our norm, we must be open to the question, Do the traditional formulations regarding divorce and remarriage need to be revised in any way?

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