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Publication Date: 16 Aug 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 384
Author: Nicholas Perrin
ISBN-13: 9780281065011, 9780281079667

Jesus the Priest

By Nicholas Perrin
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This major new study advances our understanding of the historical Jesus by exploring the model of Jesus the priest. As priest, Jesus claims to reveal God’s unchanging character through his own person; as priest, too, he announces the impending eschatological climax, constituted by the arrival of the heavenly temple on earth. Focusing on critically assured sayings of Jesus, Perrin argues that the two announcements (the kingdom and Jesus’ priesthood) are mutually confirming and mutually authenticating. The nature of the kingdom is derived from his priestly office; his priestly office is given shape and substance through teachings on the kingdom. Jesus saw himself as the unique eschatological high priest and therefore as the local embodiment of Yahweh. He announced the kingdom of God as the space of true worship; he regarded his life as revealing both the identity of God and the true worship of God.


1. The Prayer of Jesus
2. The Baptism of Jesus
3. The Kingdom of Jesus
4. Jesus Son of David
5. The Identity of the Son of Man
6. A Re-envisioned Priesthood
7. Final Confrontations
About the Author
Nicholas Perrin is Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at Wheaton College, Illinois. He is the author of several influential books and articles on the Gospels, including Jesus the Temple (SPCK 2010).
Press Reviews

Nicholas Perrin’s Jesus the Priest fills a major gap in the contemporary quest for Jesus. It is widely known that the word “messiah” could be used for both kings and priests. And yet no full-length study has ever been written on the historical Jesus and the Jewish priesthood. Perrin’s book fundamentally changes this situation. Over and over again, he throws fresh light on the priestly dimension of the otherwise familiar words and deeds of Jesus. The result is a thought-provoking case that Jesus did in fact speak and act as if he were the eschatological Jewish high priest. Essential reading for anyone interested in Jesus and Judaism.

- Brant Pitre, Professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

Creative exegesis yielding constructive theology: another important contribution from Nicholas Perrin. Most modern Christians never think of Jesus as a “priest”. Perrin, explaining why that is a serious omission, sheds a flood of fresh light on the Gospels and on Jesus himself.

- N. T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews

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