Utopia According to Moses; A Study in the Social Teachings of the Old Testament

Utopia According to Moses; A Study in the Social Teachings of the Old Testament

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...Holy One, but I said very little about them and their share in the national life. So I had better tell you something of that side. Of course the idea one always connects with them is the offering of sacrifice. But because the whole nation is a priesthood, even that 1 Sam. 7: function has been exercised by laymen in time of f'K, g,18_ need and the sacrifice has been accepted. That was so refreshing about the Law. You felt there was no unnecessary red-tape. There was always a reason for everything and you were expected to interpret it reasonably. The priest was the man to ' stand on the Godward side ' between man's sin and GoD's holiness, but if there is no hereditarv temper--a ' priest after the order of Melchizedek '--takes his place. But generally it is the rule that only by a priest and only on Mount Zion is the life offering made, under cover of which man may approach the Living One. As I said before, the priesthood forms a wall of defence between sinfulness and holiness, and only the priest may offer the sin-offering." "But if you have a hereditary priesthood, with some exclusive functions, and supported by the rest of the nation, you get something very like that division of society to which you objected in Plato." " Not exactly, because they are not felt to be superior in the same way. They have no monopoly of education, brains, or exercise, or government. They are merely specialists in one particular branch of the national life. And they are not separate from the rest as a distinct caste, for the High Priest is in some respects thepersonification of the priestly nation. He is said in his symbolic dress to bear the ' names, ' the 'judgment, ' and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236750144
  • 9781236750143