Holiness and Ministry

Holiness and Ministry : A Biblical Theology of Ordination

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Holiness and Ministry: A Biblical Theological of Ordination is a response to the call of the World Council of Churches for renewed theological reflection on the biblical roots of ordination to strengthen the vocational identity of the ordained and to provide a framework for ecumenical dialogue. The volume is grounded in the assumption that the vocation of ordination requires an understanding of holiness and how it functions in human religious experience. The goal is to construct a biblical theology of ordination, which is embedded in broad reflection on the nature of holiness. The study of holiness and ministry interweaves three methodologies. First, the History of Religions describes two theories of holiness in the study of religion, as a dynamic force and as a ritual resource, which play a central role in biblical literature and establish the paradigm of ordination to Word and Sacrament in Christian tradition. Second, the study of the Moses in the Pentateuch and the formation of the Mosaic Office illustrate the ways in which the two views of holiness model ordination to the prophetic word and to the priestly ritual. And, third, Canonical Criticism provides the lens to explore the ongoing influence of the Mosaic Office in the New Testament literature. Holiness and Ministry is a resource for candidates of ordination to discern their call-experience and to establish professional identity within individual traditions of Christianity, while also providing a resource for ecumenical dialogue on the nature and purpose of Christian ordination.show more

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 142 x 212 x 22mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195367332
  • 9780195367331
  • 2,059,337

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Alas, we've lost much of our earlier conviction that to be in ministry is to have one's life formed by God for the peculiar challenges of this high vocation. Tom Dozeman helped me to rediscover that conviction - those who are called to ministry in Christ's name are also called to holiness of life. This is an encouraging, timely book. * Will Willimon, Bishop, North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church *show more

About Thomas B. Dozeman

Thomas B. Dozeman is Professor of Hebrew Bible at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the co-editor of A Farewell to the Yahwist?: The Interpretation of the Pentateuch in Contemporary European Scholarship and author of God at War: Power in the Exodus Tradition, along with a number of other books.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Introduction Chapter 2: Holiness and Ordination ; Chapter 3: The Mosaic Office as the Model for Ordination ; Chapter 4: The Ordination to the Divine Word in Deuteronomy and in the New Testament ; Chapter 5: The Ordination to Sacrament Rituals in the Priestly Literature and in the New Testament ; Chapter 6: The Offices of Ordination in the New Testament ; Chapter 7: The Mosaic Office and the Ordination to Word and Sacrament in Christian Traditionshow more

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