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

Paperback | February 29, 2012

byGerald OCollins, Michael Keenan Jones

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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 littlereflection 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 VaticanCouncil. 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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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 littlereflection on the priesthood of Christ, from which ...

Now professor emeritus after teaching for 33 years at the Gregorian University (Rome), Gerald O'Collins, s.j., is known around the world as a visiting professor and popular lecturer. Thus far he has published 52 books, many of which have been translated into foreign languages. In 2006 he was appointed Companion of the Order of Australi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.07 inPublished:February 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199645978

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Table of Contents

1. The Jewish Matrix and the Gospels2. Paul, 1 Peter, and Revelation3. Hebrews on Christ's Priesthood4. Four Questions for Hebrews5. Some Church Fathers on Christ's Priesthood6. Aquinas on Christ's Priesthood7. Reformers and the Council of Trent on Christ's Priesthood8. The French School on Christ's Priesthood9. Newman, Barth, and Others on Christ's Priesthood10. Twelve Theses on Christ's Priesthood11. Sharing Christ's PriesthoodSelect Bibliography

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"This is yet another very fine book by two well-known and highly regarded theologians...What makes the book a joy to read is the methodical, step by step, and masterly guidance through a wealth of material...we can be grateful to these two authors for this most informative and stimulatingpublication." --Brendan Leahy. The Furrow