Jesus Our Priest: A Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ

Jesus Our Priest: A Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ

This present work examines what it means to call Christ our priest, in the light of the Scriptures and the Christian tradition. Beginning with a study of the biblical material, the book then moves to the witness to Christ's priesthood from the Church through its history.
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In recent years many books have been published in the area of Christology (who is Jesus in himself?) and soteriology (what did he do as Saviour?). A number of notable, ecumenical documents on Christian ministry have also appeared. But in all this literature there is surprisingly little reflection on the priesthood of Christ, from which derives all ministry, whether the priesthood of all the faithful or ministerial priesthood. This present work aims to fill that gap by examining, in the light of the Scriptures and the Christian tradition, what it means to call Christ our priest. Beginning with a study of the biblical material, the book then moves to the witness to Christ's priesthood coming from the fathers of the Church, Thomas Aquinas, Luther and Calvin, the Council of Trent, the seventeenth-century 'French School', John Henry Newman, Tom Torrance and the Second Vatican Council. The two concluding chapters describe and define in twelve theses the key characteristics of Christ's priesthood and what sharing in that priesthood, through baptism and ordination, involves.
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Isbn / Product Code 9780199645978
Dimensions 215 x 135 x 16
Printed Pages 336
Format Paperback
Year Of Publication 15/3/2012
Publisher Oxford University Press
Author O'Collins, Gerald
Product Code 9780199645978
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