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How the Church Redefined Marriage
The understanding of marriage in Western Christendom developed away from the social contract model of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament to a marriage model based on a sexual sacramental union rooted in a neoplatonic understanding of Genesis 2:23‒24 and Ephesians 5:31‒32.
The Samaritan Woman Meets the Bridegroom Messiah: An Implied Christology
This paper looks to demonstrate that the conversation with the Samaritan woman in John 4 is a betrothal scene which points to Jesus’s self-perception of his own deity, and that the Gospel writer was telling his readers such in his account of that meeting.
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