Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dr. Robert Crosby


In light of a cultural world in which both real-world marriages and the scholarly interpretation on marital purpose and process are scarred with dysfunction and division, this thesis attempts to contribute to the discussion on the Scriptural purpose and process of marriage as God intends it. In order to discern a glimpse of divine intention of marriage, an exegetical analysis of its divine beginnings in Genesis 1:27-3:24 is performed. This section addresses the original nature of marriage as well as how it was affected as a result of sin and the fall. The following chapter complements this analysis with exegesis on Ephesians 5:21-33 for how it interprets the original Genesis accounts and sheds new light on its greater revelation of Christ and the Church. In the end, this thesis argues that an understanding of marriage and a redemption of its divine purpose of unity requires a humble and Spirit-led approach to interpreting and applying Scriptural revelation on marriage, which can only be found through conjoined study of both the Genesis narrative and its redemptive Christological interpretation in Ephesians.