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The "Order of Melchizedek": Hebrews 7 as a model for thinking ecumenically about Priesthood.

Blair, Merryl (2018) The "Order of Melchizedek": Hebrews 7 as a model for thinking ecumenically about Priesthood. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 53 (1). pp. 95-110. ISSN 0022-0558

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Abstract

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 re-models priesthood as beyond particular systems and traditions (and even religions), to allow the grace of God to be freely mediated in unexpected ways.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Ecumenical, Hebrews 7, priesthood, Melchizedek
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ecumenical Studies
B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Merryl Blair
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 00:00
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 00:04
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3364

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