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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 in the New Testament Literature

 Holiness and Ordination in the New Testament Literature

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(p.104) Six Holiness and Ordination in the New Testament Literature
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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/9780195367331.003.0006

This chapter analyzes the relationship between the sacred and ordination in the New Testament literature through an examination of the offices of apostle, presbyter, deacon, and bishop, arguing that the New Testament does not provide a fully developed theology of ordination for the emerging Christian church. Rather, the references to the ordained presuppose the more extensive theological reflection on holiness and ordination within the Mosaic office of the Pentateuch for background, which indicates that the primary teaching on ordination in biblical literature is in the Hebrew scripture, rather than in the New Testament, requiring a broad view of biblical authority.

Keywords:   ordination, apostle, presbyter, deacon, bishop, new testament, Mosaic office

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