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Following his critically acclaimed book Jesus the Temple, Nicholas Perrin offers a fresh paradigm for understanding the historical Jesus. Perrin challenges the “standard reading” of classic texts (including the Parable of the Sower, the Beatitudes, and the Lord’s Prayer) to argue that the historical Jesus primarily identified himself not as sage or prophet but as Israel’s eschatological high priest. As priest, Jesus claims to reveal God’s unchanging character through his own person and he announces the impending climax of God’s eschatological purpose, constituted by the arrival of the heavenly temple on earth. Jesus the Priest identifies Jesus’s priesthood as a mediating understanding that sheds crucial light on the kingdom of God.

Perrin’s insightful theological contribution synthesizes the best in traditional/conservative and liberal reconstructions of Jesus’s life and teaching. It will be of interest to professors and students in New Testament and Jesus courses, scholars, and anyone interested in theologically engaged historical-Jesus study.

  • Synthesizes the best in traditional/conservative and liberal reconstructions of Jesus’s life and teaching
  • Offers a fresh paradigm for understanding the historical Jesus
  • Argues that the historical Jesus primarily identified himself as Israel’s eschatological high priest
  • Introduction
  • The Prayer of Jesus
  • The Baptism of Jesus
  • The Kingdom of Jesus
  • Jesus Son of David
  • The Identity of the Son of Man
  • A Re-envisioned Priesthood
  • Final Confrontations
  • Conclusion
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; author of Jesus and the Victory of God

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 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, Distinguished Research Professor of Theology, Augustine Institute; author of Jesus and the Last Supper

  • Title: Jesus the Priest
  • Author: Nicholas Perrin
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-02-10T19:48:52Z

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Nicholas Perrin

Nicholas PerrinPhD, is dean of Wheaton College Graduate School and Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies. Between 2000 and 2003, he was research assistant for N.T. Wright and has since authored and edited numerous articles and books, including Thomas and Tatian (Society of Biblical Literature / Brill); Thomas: The Other Gospel (Westminster John Knox); Lost in Transmission: What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus (Thomas Nelson); and Jesus the Temple (SPCK; Baker Academic), the first of a three-part trilogy on the historical Jesus. He is also coeditor of the recently revised edition of Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (InterVarsity).


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