School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Systematic Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Charles A. Bobertz

Subject Categories

Biblical Studies | Religion


This paper is an exegesis of the difficult pericope of Ephesians 5:21-33, a stumbling block to many, but truly a cornerstone when viewed through Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. After a brief introduction familiarizing readers with the passage, this paper shows how the section is treated by
Patristic authors (with Origen and Saint Jerome as examples), by feminist theologian E. Elizabeth Johnson, and by Peter T. O’Brien (who demonstrates an Evangelical Protestant view). Finally, Pope John Paul II’s theology is introduced, along with his concept of mutual submission and his emphasis on the importance of Ephesians 5:21-33. As this pope delves into how the double analogy in this passage illuminates both the relationship of Christ and the Church and the relationship of husbands and wives, he demonstrates the rich
theological potential and beauty of this pericope.



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