This work is first and foremost dedicated to the glory and praise of the Triune God who has given me the grace, strength, and stamina to complete it. I would also like to thank my beloved wife R.Vida Ulbikas who has been my faithful and constant companion in my educational work and pursuits. Her love, dedication, assistance, and support through the years and to the present has been my source of encourage- ment and endurance. This work would never have been completed without her by my side. I would also like to thank my doctoral supervisor Prof. Dr. Jan van der Watt who has been to me not only a distinguished scholar but a dear friend. He is indeed “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). His indefati- gable support and guidance in my research served as a compass for my work. I will always be grateful for his influence in my academic work. I am also very grateful to Prof. Dr. David P. Moessner of the Texas Christian University who has assisted in my research as my co-supervisor and external examiner. His recommendations resulted in improving the quality my research. Last but not least, I dedicate this work in loving memory of my dear mother, Maria Donaria Costa, who would have been proud to witness this achievement.
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