Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Rudolf Siebert
Dr. Kevin Wanner
Dr. Rand Johnson
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.
Rubbelke, Jennifer, "From Nomos to Agape: An Examination of New Testament Social Drama as Illustrated by Themes of Love and Law" (2010). Masters Theses. 351.