Abstract

precis:

Ecumenical conversations around differing views of priesthood are fraught. This essay suggests that a fresh reading of the priesthood of Christ in the Letter to the Hebrews may introduce a new imagination into the topic. Using a Hebrew narrative methodology, it examines Hebrews 7 as the central point in the letter. The repetitions of the phrase "the order of Melchizedek" lead the reader more deeply into a dissection of the historical priesthood, noting the inadequacies of human traditions and demonstrating Christ's innovative example, which remodels priesthood as beyond particular systems and traditions (and even religions), to allow the grace of God to be freely mediated in unexpected ways.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2162-3937
Print ISSN
0022-0558
Pages
pp. 95-109
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-17
Open Access
No
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