Raising Up A Faithful Priest / Edition 1

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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.

This thought-provoking study reviews the priesthood from a theological perspective and explores the theological value and significance of priests in the Old and New Testaments. 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. Indexes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664254377
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2004
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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.
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Table of Contents

1 The History of Israel's Priesthood 1
What Is a Priest? 1
Priesthood Before the Monarchy 3
Factional Rivalries 5
Pre-exilic Puzzles, Post-exilic Compromise 7
Changing Roles and the High Priest 11
History and Theology 14
2 Israel's Culture Map 17
Structures of Reality 17
Setting Boundaries and Crossing Them 20
Clean/Unclean 21
Holy/Profane 25
Contagion and Cleansing 31
The Holy-Unclean Fusion Reaction 33
Maintaining Boundaries 36
3 Priestly Functions 39
Job Descriptions 39
Oracles 40
Torah 42
Blessing and Declaration 44
Administration 46
Installation and Vestments 49
The High Priest 52
4 Sacrifice 55
Ritual and Sacrifice 55
Sacrificial Transfer and Priestly Approach 59
Food and Gift 62
Social Balance 63
Structuralist Perspectives 65
Meal 67
Power 69
Drama 71
Purification 73
The Logic of Atonement 76
The Meaning of Sacrifice 78
5 Priesthood and Theology 83
Crossing Boundaries 83
Intermediaries 85
Faithful Custodians 88
Priesthood and Patriarchy 94
Yahweh's Gracious Gift 98
The Religious Value of Priesthood 101
Priestly Theology 105
6 Restoration and Utopian Vision 111
New Situations 111
Ezekiel 40-48 112
Reinforcing the Boundaries 112
Restricting the Priesthood 116
Zechariah 1-8 119
Purifying the High Priest 119
Joshua and Zerubbabel 122
The Priestly Writing 125
Safety in Ritual 126
Divine Acceptance and Human Obedience 128
1 and 2 Chronicles 130
Background and Theology 131
Priests as Signs of Torah Obedience 133
Priests as Defenders of Spatial Holiness 135
Priests as Support for Theological Themes 136
7 Priesthood in the New Testament 141
Hebrews 141
The Readers' Problem and the Author's Solution 141
The Superior Priesthood of Jesus 144
The Cosmic Day of Atonement 148
Open Access to the Holy 150
Using and Distorting Culture Maps 153
1 Peter 155
Identity and Reassessment 155
1 Peter 2:9 - A Regal Priesthood 158
1 Peter 2:5 - A Holy Priesthood 161
1 Peter 2:5 - A Spiritual Lineage 163
The Priesthood of All Believers 166
8 Priesthood and the Gospel Community 169
Dissolving Boundaries 169
Biblical Priesthood and Christian Ministry 171
For Further Reading 175
Scripture Index 181
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