Jesus the Priest
This major new study advances our understanding of the historical Jesus by exploring the model of Jesus the priest. As priest, Jesus claims to reveal God's unchanging character through his own person; as priest, too, he announces the impending eschatological...
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This major new study advances our understanding of the historical Jesus by exploring the model of Jesus the priest. As priest, Jesus claims to reveal God's unchanging character through his own person; as priest, too, he announces the impending eschatological climax, constituted by the arrival of the heavenly temple on earth. Focusing on critically assured sayings of Jesus, Perrin argues that the two announcements (the kingdom and Jesus' priesthood) are mutually confirming and mutually authenticating. The nature of the kingdom is derived from his priestly office; his priestly office is given shape and substance through teachings on the kingdom. Jesus saw himself as the unique eschatological high priest and therefore as the local embodiment of Yahweh. He announced the kingdom of God as the space of true worship; he regarded his life as revealing both the identity of God and the true worship of God.
Nicholas Perrin (Ph.D., Marquette University) former research assistant to N.T. Wright, is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, Illinois. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Diatessaron; Questioning Q (with Mark Goodacre); Thomas: The Other Gospel; Lost in Transmission?: What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus and Jesus the Temple
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- Contents:introduction 1. The Prayer Of Jesus 2. The Baptism Of Jesus 3. The Kingdom Of Jesus 4. Jesus Son Of David 5. The Identity Of The Son Of Man 6. A Re-envisioned Priesthood 7. Final Confrontations Conclusion