Date of Award

Spring 2009

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Degree Name

Master of Arts



School or College

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Jeff Siker

Second Advisor

David Sanchez

Third Advisor

Daniel L. Smith-Christopher


St. Paul wrote 1st Thessalonians around the year 51 C.E. As an early letter of Paul, this document gives us some indication as to Paul's belief about the person and nature of Jesus Christ, i.e. his Christology. This paper explores ten Christological themes found in 1st Thessalonians, including, One who proclaims the Word of the Lord, Suffering Servant, Comforter/Consoler, Light and Darkness, Voice to the Gentiles, Wearer of Divine Attributes, True Provider of Peace and Security, 'Jesus: Lord, Son of God, Son from heaven,' Divine Reconciliation and Restoration, and Sharer in Divine Purpose and Activity with God the Father. These ten themes are seen throughout Paul's corpus and is a good starting point for understanding early Christian views of Christology through the lens of this Apostle to the Gentiles.

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