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Jesus Our PriestA Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ$
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Gerald O'Collins, SJ and Michael Keenan Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576456.001.0001

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Paul, 1 Peter, and Revelation

Paul, 1 Peter, and Revelation

(p.27) 2 Paul, 1 Peter, and Revelation
Jesus Our Priest

Gerald O'Collins (Contributor Webpage)

Michael Keenan Jones

Oxford University Press

Even if the letters of Paul, 1 Peter, and the Book of Revelation never give Jesus the title of priest, they provide themes that contribute to a fuller picture of his priesthood. In particular, Paul writes of the Last Supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection (1 Cor. 5, 10, and 11) in sacrificial and, hence, priestly terms. With specific reference to the Day of Expiation, he understands the death of Christ to be a sacrifice (Rom. 3: 25); he also refers to the priestly intercession of the risen and exalted Christ (Rom. 8: 34). Paul goes on to apply priestly language to Christian existence (Rom. 12: 1), and to interpret his own ministry of evangelizing the Gentiles as a form of priestly, cultic worship (Rom. 15: 15–16). This chapter also recalls 1 Peter's priestly, sacrificial vision of the whole Church. Revelation applies priestly language to the faithful, who as kingly priests already share in the heavenly worship of God and the Lamb.

Keywords:   church, expiation, intercession, last supper, priesthood of the faithful, sacrifice, worship

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