Raising Up A Faithful Priest / Edition 1

Raising Up A Faithful Priest / Edition 1

by Nelson, Jones Ri Nelson
     
 

This thought-provoking study reviews priesthood from a theological perspective and explores the theological value and significance of priests in Old and New Testaments. Richard D. Nelson reviews biblical concepts of priesthood and provides guidance and data for exegetes and systematic theologians as they work out the implications of the Bible's view of

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This thought-provoking study reviews priesthood from a theological perspective and explores the theological value and significance of priests in Old and New Testaments. Richard D. Nelson reviews biblical concepts of priesthood and provides guidance and data for exegetes and systematic theologians as they work out the implications of the Bible's view of priesthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664254377
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
02/20/2004
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

Richard D. Nelson is Associate Dean for Academic Affairsand W. J. A. Power Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He is also an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1The History of Israel's Priesthood1
What Is a Priest?1
Priesthood Before the Monarchy3
Factional Rivalries5
Pre-exilic Puzzles, Post-exilic Compromise7
Changing Roles and the High Priest11
History and Theology14
2Israel's Culture Map17
Structures of Reality17
Setting Boundaries and Crossing Them20
Clean/Unclean21
Holy/Profane25
Contagion and Cleansing31
The Holy-Unclean Fusion Reaction33
Maintaining Boundaries36
3Priestly Functions39
Job Descriptions39
Oracles40
Torah42
Blessing and Declaration44
Administration46
Installation and Vestments49
The High Priest52
4Sacrifice55
Ritual and Sacrifice55
Sacrificial Transfer and Priestly Approach59
Food and Gift62
Social Balance63
Structuralist Perspectives65
Meal67
Power69
Drama71
Purification73
The Logic of Atonement76
The Meaning of Sacrifice78
5Priesthood and Theology83
Crossing Boundaries83
Intermediaries85
Faithful Custodians88
Priesthood and Patriarchy94
Yahweh's Gracious Gift98
The Religious Value of Priesthood101
Priestly Theology105
6Restoration and Utopian Vision111
New Situations111
Ezekiel 40-48112
Reinforcing the Boundaries112
Restricting the Priesthood116
Zechariah 1-8119
Purifying the High Priest119
Joshua and Zerubbabel122
The Priestly Writing125
Safety in Ritual126
Divine Acceptance and Human Obedience128
1 and 2 Chronicles130
Background and Theology131
Priests as Signs of Torah Obedience133
Priests as Defenders of Spatial Holiness135
Priests as Support for Theological Themes136
7Priesthood in the New Testament141
Hebrews141
The Readers' Problem and the Author's Solution141
The Superior Priesthood of Jesus144
The Cosmic Day of Atonement148
Open Access to the Holy150
Using and Distorting Culture Maps153
1 Peter155
Identity and Reassessment155
1 Peter 2:9 - A Regal Priesthood158
1 Peter 2:5 - A Holy Priesthood161
1 Peter 2:5 - A Spiritual Lineage163
The Priesthood of All Believers166
8Priesthood and the Gospel Community169
Dissolving Boundaries169
Biblical Priesthood and Christian Ministry171
For Further Reading175
Scripture Index181

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