Holiness and Ministry: A Biblical Theology of Ordination

Holiness and Ministry: A Biblical Theology of Ordination

by Thomas B Dozeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195367332

ISBN-13: 9780195367331

Pub. Date: 07/10/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The World Council of Churches has called for renewed theological reflection on the biblical roots of ordination to strengthen the vocational identity of the ordained and to provide a framework for ecumenical dialogue. This book is a response to that call. It is grounded in the assumption that the vocation of ordination requires an understanding of holiness and how it…  See more details below

Overview

The World Council of Churches has called for renewed theological reflection on the biblical roots of ordination to strengthen the vocational identity of the ordained and to provide a framework for ecumenical dialogue. This book is a response to that call. It is grounded in the assumption that the vocation of ordination requires an understanding of holiness and how it functions in human religious experience. The goal is to construct a biblical theology of ordination that is embedded in broad reflection on the nature of holiness. Dozeman's study of holiness and ministry interweaves three methodologies. The first, from the History of Religions, describes two theories of holiness in the study of religion, as a dynamic force and as a ritual resource. Both play a central role in biblical literature and establish the paradigm of ordination to Word and Sacrament in Christian tradition. Second, the study of the formation of the Mosaic Office illustrates how the two views of holiness model ordination to the prophetic word and to the priestly ritual. Third, Canonical Criticism provides the lens to explore the ongoing influence of the Mosaic Office in the New Testament literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195367331
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/10/2008
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3

2 Holiness and ordination 12

3 The mosaic office as the model for ordination 35

4 Holiness and the ordination to the divine word in Deuteronomy and in the New Testament 60

5 Holiness and the ordination to sacramental rituals in the priestly literature and in the New Testament 81

6 Holiness and ordination in the New Testament literature 104

7 The Mosaic office and the ordination to word and sacrament in Christian tradition 120

Notes 141

Scripture index 149

Author index 155

Subject index 157

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