ISSUE: Vol.5 No.3 September 2019 Article 2 pp.19-25
AUTHORS: Leo Andoh Korsah & George Kojo Oku
DOI : 10.32051/09301902
The emphases on the royal priesthood of all Christians have led to the emergence of vibrancy among catholic laity, especially in Anglophone West African Countries. This religious phenomenon appears to put into question, the biblical foundation of the ministerial priesthood. Through the approach of a biblical survey, the authors emphasize the biblical foundation of the ministerial priesthood from the Old and New Testaments. In the New Testament, the term “priest” does not apply to a single person but the entire Christian community. The early Christian community accepted the Jewish priesthood until Christians realized their identity as the “new Israel” and accepted the Eucharist as a replacement of the Jewish bloody sacrifice leading to the emergence of a ministerial priesthood to which corresponds the Catholic priesthood.
Keywords: Eucharist, Presbyter, Priest, Sacerdotal, Sacrifice
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