Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Helen Rolfson OSF


Using an homiletic tone that mirrors the oral tradition of the Desert Sayings, this project provides an introduction to the apophthegmata for the contemporary reader. It surveys their historical background, suggests a disposition for interaction with the tradition, proposes a Law-Gospel orientation, and illustrates ten common motifs evident in the Sayings.



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