Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Comparative Religion

First Advisor

Dr. Rudolf Siebert

Second Advisor

Dr. Kevin Wanner

Third Advisor

Dr. Rand Johnson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


This Master's Thesis examines the early Christian communities and their separation from the Jewish religion. The New Testament books Galatians, Mark, and John represent this chronological separation through differences in theology and composition. These differences are analyzed through each book's shifting use of love and law.

Victor Turner's social drama theory is used to analyze and understand these distinctions. Each book represents a stage in the social drama theory that shows the relationship between the Jewish-Christian separation, and the use of love and law in New Testament literature.

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