Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2023

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Esther Cen

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Sara Koenig


Paul, Disability, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Body of Christ, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Trinitarian Doctrine


This article appropriates elements of M.A.K. Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) to analyze the Apostle Paul’s communication with the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 12-14. The linguistic evidence of the text reveals that Paul’s instructions guide the Corinthians to order their community through love, imitating the Trinity’s nature of diversity and unity. The final section translates Paul’s teachings to a modern context using Richard B. Steele’s article, “Disability and the Beloved Community,” a reframing of how Christian communities interact with and not only include persons with disabilities but fully incorporate their diverse gifts into the church body.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program.

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