Paul Muther

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Jeffrey Oschwald

Scripture References in this Resource

Colossians 1:28–29; Colossians 2:1; Colossians 4:12; Colossians 1:1–2; Colossians 1:3-20; Colossians 1:22; Colossians 1:24; Colossians 2:9; Colossians 2:11; Colossians 2:17; Colossians 2:19; Colossians 3:15; Colossians 1:10; Colossians 2:6; Colossians 3:7; Colossians 4:5; Colossians 4:12; Colossians 1:10; Colossians 2:6; Colossians 3:7; Colossians 3:18-4:1; Colossians 4:7-18; Colossians 2:16-23; Colossians 3:5-17; John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 5:11–12; 1 John 5:14; John 20:23


Muther, Paul D. “Metaphorical Imagery in Colossians: The Narratives of Christian Living.” STM thesis, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 114 pp.

Although many recent theologians employ conceptual metaphor theory to the Bible’s imagery surrounding the Gospel, few apply the same theory to the metaphors of Christian living. Although many theologians develop models to demonstrate the overall picture of Christian living, few tease out the implications of individual metaphors throughout a given work.

By applying conceptual metaphor theory and Justin Rossow’s narrative analysis tool of the actantial model to the text of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, this STM thesis examines three metaphors that Paul uses as he describes Christian living: CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ἈΓΏΝ, CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS ΣΏΜΑ, CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ΠΕΡΙΠΑΤΈΩ.

After an examination, this thesis develops each metaphor’s narrative insights for the tasks of preaching and teaching. This will provide a fresh avenue to see the logic behind the biblical text and help readers not only to hear Paul’s descriptions of the Christian life but also to think the way Paul thinks of the Christian life.

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