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Hebrews’ Presentation Of Jesus As High Priest

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The author of Hebrews describes Jesus using numerous titles reflecting different roles or christological functions. Jesus is discussed as 'Son' in seven passages in Hebrews, which should not be surprising given the traditional nature of this confession. Most important in regard to Hebrews' presentation of Jesus as priest, however, are Heb 1:1-14 and 4:14-5:10, both of which closely associate Jesus' status as priest with his status as Son. This chapter examines the key passages in which Jesus is discussed as priest or as having priestly functions. The first hint of Jesus' role as priest, a mention of his cultic activity, appears in the opening sentence of the book, the elegant period that comprises Heb 1:1-4. The author of Hebrews goes to great lengths to explain Jesus' role as heavenly high priest in light of Melchizedek's priesthood.

Keywords: Hebrew; high priest; Jesus; Melchizedek's priesthood



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