Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

Primary Advisor

Dr. Robby Waddell

Second Advisor

Dr. Melissa Archer

Abstract

The biblical writers utilize the metaphor of marriage to describe the relationship between God and humanity. Within this imagery, the people of God are often depicted as a bride. This thesis contributes to an understanding of the metaphor of marriage in Scripture by analyzing the socio-historical wedding practices of ancient Judaism. The use of the metaphor in both Old and New Testaments is examined, followed by an analysis of bridal language in early Pentecostal periodical literature. It concludes with a constructive Pentecostal ecclesiology structured on the characters and the stages found within the typical Jewish wedding.