Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Franzmann

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Romans 4:3-8; Romans 5:17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:20,28; Romans 4:5-6; Romans 9:31; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:11; Romans 3:24; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Matthew 11:25-26; Luke 2:32; Exodus 28:30; Deuteronomy 33:10; Deuteronomy 32:4; Genesis 18:25; Deuteronomy 1:17; Psalm 51:4; Psalm 52:3; Luke 41:26; Proverbs 8:8; Proverbs 16:13; Isaiah 45:19,23; Isaiah 63:1; Isaiah 28:17; Amos 7:7-8; Psalm 23:3; Exodus 9:27; Genesis 18:23; Exodus 23:7; Job 17:8; Psalm 124:3; Proverbs 10:28; Proverbs 12:17; Proverbs 29:17; 1 Kings 8:32; Zephaniah 3:4-5;


In this exegetical study we shall try to find a clear Biblical definition of dikailoō. We shall examine the background of dikaioō: the basic meaning of righteousness, the righteousness of God as His purpose in this world, and the work of Christ, as the righteous Servant. Then we shall examine dikaioō as a forensic term: What is its forensic meaning as Scripture defines it? Is it only "declare righteous?” Is it also “make righteous?” What must we say of God's verdict in Justification, since God's word is always true and effective? What meaning does dikaioō have in view of the fact that God gives us righteousness? What is the linguistic usage of the term dikaioō?

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