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Pioneer and Priest: Jesus Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews
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Pioneer and Priest: Jesus Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews


Pickwick Publications 2013

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The interest that Hebrews generates today testifies to its enduring message. Central to its message is what Jesus Christ did and continues to do for his people. This author of Hebrews spells this out with arresting images. Dr. McKelvey provides new insight on Hebrews by demonstrating that two of its chief images—pioneer and priest—function in tandem. Christ is not pioneer without also being priest, and his priesthood is only properly understood in terms of the pioneer figure. Only one who is both pioneer and priest can provide the church with the help it needs. The double analogy conveys the meaning of the Christian faith. This creative work takes account of the author’s rhetorical style, showing how Hebrews is addressed to an urgent practical situation. It will appeal to those who want to know more about Hebrews as well as those who believe that the emerging church must follow Christ outside the camp.

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Key Features

  • Provides new insight on Hebrews
  • Discusses the chief images of Hebrews as functioning in tandem
  • Shows how Hebrews is addressed to an urgent practical situation

Praise for the Print Edition

This book makes an original and insightful contribution to scholarly discussion on the Christology of the Epistle to the Hebrews, and is essential reading for all scholars of the epistle. It is an invaluable resource for theology students with its clear, measured, and stimulating analysis of the major issues of the epistle, and also for hard-pressed, modern-day Christians with its meticulously researched insights into the author of Hebrews’ pastoral strategies.

—J. C. McCullough, Professor Emeritus, Union Theological College

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About R. J. McKelvey

R. J. McKelvey was the Principal of Adams United College and later the first President of Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa. He was a lecturer in New Testament at the University of Manchester and was moderator of the United Reformed Church from 1994–1995.