Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Religious Studies


Religion, Biblical Studies.


Sly, Dorothy,




This study examines how the word mysterion ("mystery") in the Apostle Paul's writings was influenced by both Jewish and Hellenistic sources. The word mysterion occurs eight times, twice in Romans (11:25 and 16:25), and six times in 1 Corinthians (2:1, 7; 4:1; 13:2; 14:2; and 15:51). This study is divided into two parts. The first section (Part 1) uses an historical methodology to focus on the origin and development of the word mysterion. This section will look not only at the use of the word mysterion within the mystery cults, but also at the way it developed in other areas. By examining these different areas, it will demonstrate not only similarities between the areas' uses of the word mysterion but also the unique characteristics that developed in their use of the word. The second section (Part II) will consist of an exegesis of certain verses in Romans and 1 Corinthians. The main intent of Part II is to examine the word mysterion as it occurs within Romans and 1 Corinthians, to see how the "mystery verses" relate to each other and how the use of mysterion was influenced by Jewish and Hellenistic sources. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Religious Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1998 .F72. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0367. Adviser: Dorothy Sly. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.