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The Bible and the Priesthood: Priestly Participation in the One Sacrifice for Sins

The Bible and the Priesthood: Priestly Participation in the One Sacrifice for Sins

The Bible and the Priesthood: Priestly Participation in the One Sacrifice for Sins

The Bible and the Priesthood: Priestly Participation in the One Sacrifice for Sins


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This series on the seven Sacraments provides readers with a deeper appreciation of God's gifts and call in the Sacraments through a renewed encounter with God's Word.

In this volume, a leading Catholic scholar offers a biblical theology of the priesthood rooted in the Old and New Testaments. Half a millennium after the Protestant Reformation and in the midst of an ongoing clerical crisis in the Catholic Church, this book presents a comprehensive biblical vision and defense of the sacramental priesthood and an informed theological response to the problem of priestly sin. It gives expression to the ministerial priesthood's biblically grounded, sacramental share in the sacrificial ministry of Jesus Christ.

Series editors are Timothy C. Gray and John Sehorn. Gray is president of the Augustine Institute, which has one million subscribers to its online content channel, Gray and Sehorn teach at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology, which prepares students for Christian mission through on-campus and distance education programs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540961860
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/15/2022
Series: A Catholic Biblical Theology of the Sacraments
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anthony Giambrone, OP (PhD, University of Notre Dame), is vice president and professor of New Testament at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem. He also teaches at the University of Notre Dame and at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. In addition to numerous scholarly and popular articles, he is the author of A Quest for the Historical Christ: Scientia Christi and the Modern Study of Jesus.

Table of Contents

List of Sidebars ix

Series Preface xi

Preface xv

Abbreviations xix

Part 1 Introduction

1 Priesthood and the Project of Catholic Exegesis 3

Hermeneutical Interlude: A Catholic Alrernative 23

Part 2 "The Sons of Aaron in Their Splendor"

2 "The Glory of the LORD Appeared" (Lev. 9:23): Priesthood as Theophany 39

Excursus 1 Purity and Holiness 69

Excursus 2 Levi, Levites, and the Priesthood 76

3 "Like People, like Priest" (Hosea 4:9): Priestly Sin and the Prophetic Critique 81

Excursus 3 The Corruption of Priests and Temple 105

Excursus 4 The Priesthood of Eli and Sons at Shiloh 111

4 "I Will Clothe You with Festal Apparel" (Zech. 3:4): The Promise of a New Priesthood 116

Excursus 5 David's Royal Priesthood 146

Excursus 6 Transfiguration of the Temple and the Future of Theophany 152

Part 3 "The Order of Melchizedek"

5 "Feed My Sheep" (John 21:17): The Inauguration of New Covenant Ordo 161

Excursus 7 Israel's Last Prophet 192

Excursus 8 The Language of Pastoral Order 202

6 "A Spiritual Temple, a Holy Priesthood" (1 Pet. 2:5): Priestly Sacrifice and the New Law 210

Excursus 9 The Laying On of Hands 237

Excursus 10 Priests in the Letter to the Hebrews 246

7 Conclusion: Jesus as Charismatic Founder of a Hierarchical Church 255

Suggested Resources 275

Selected Bibliography 277

Subject Index 285

Scripture and Other Ancient Sources Index 289

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