Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Systematic Theology


School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Columba Stewart OSB


Using contemporary social and art theory, with particular emphasis on the notion of performative, this paper examines the historical and theological context of a unique social and ecclesial phenomenon in 4th century Syria—the Sons and Daughters of the Covenant. By observing these committed laity as a ‘living performance,’ an exploration of the identity of the faithful, both severally and as a community, may be undertaken. This paper focuses on the relation of such a performative to notions of Christology and anthropology, with an eye towards today’s laity and their seeking for identity in a complex world of competing shifting allegiances and competing ideologies.



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