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Holiness and MinistryA Biblical Theology of Ordination$
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Thomas B Dozeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367331.001.0001

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 Holiness and Ordination

 Holiness and Ordination

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Holiness and Ministry

Thomas B. Dozeman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter interprets the nature of holiness from three different perspectives. First, the research of M. Eliade is used to holiness as an essential characteristic of God. The root meaning of holiness, separation, gives rise to the distinction between the sacred and the profane. Second it explores the important role of sanctuaries for relating the sacred and the profane in religious experience, using A. van Gennep's insight that the ordained must undergo a rite of passage to work within the realm of the sacred. Third, the research of R. Otto and J. Milgrom is used to investigate two theories of holiness (as a dynamic power and as a ritual resource), that inform all biblical theologies of ordination.

Keywords:   holiness, M. Eliade, the sacred and the profane, sanctuary, A. van Gennep, rite of passage, R. Otto, J. Milgrom, dynamic power, ritual resource

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