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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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 The Mosaic Office as the Model for Ordination

 The Mosaic Office as the Model for Ordination

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(p.35) Three The Mosaic Office as the Model for Ordination
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Holiness and Ministry
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Thomas B. Dozeman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367331.003.0003

Here I interpret the role of Moses in Torah as personifying the authority of ordination, characterized as the Mosaic Office. The section “The Mosaic Office in Torah” clarifies the corporate nature of the story of Moses as the model for ordination in ancient Israel. “The Mosaic Office as a Rite of Passage” describes the character of religious leadership in Torah, contrasting the leadership of the ordained to the heroic idealization of kings in the ancient world. “The Call to Ordination and the Two Theories of Holiness” probes the nature of religious experience embedded in the story of Moses, providing guidelines for discerning a call to ordination.

Keywords:   Mosaic office, Torah, rite of passage, religious leadership, theories of holiness, religious experience

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