Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Luke Steiner OSB


The Parable of the Ten Maidens is familiar to us all as one of those that tells us about the sudden coming of Jesus in judgement. This interpretation, no doubt, comes partly from the context in the Eschatological Discourse in Matthew's Gospel, partly from its traditionalist liturgical use as the reading for one of the latter Sundays of the Year, and partly from the tradition of the Kingdom of heaven and its eschatological banquet celebrated as a marriage feast with Jesus as the Bridegroom and the Church as a Bride. In this paper I would like to look further into the Parable of the Ten Maidens. The first section will deal with the background of the Parable. The second section contains the exegesis and interpretation. In the final section, I will examine the use of this parable in the Liturgy and offer some guidelines and ideas for homiletics.



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