Christian Ministerial Priesthood: A Biblical Survey on Catholic Priesthood

AUTHORS : Leo Andoh Korsah & George Kojo Oku
ISSUE: September 2019 Volume 1 Number 3 Article 2
PAGES : 19-25
DOI : 10.32051/09301902

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Abstract

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 on 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.

Key Words: Eucharist, Presbyter, Priest, Sacerdotal, Sacrifice

Authors Biodata: LEO ANDOH KORSAH holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Philosophy degrees from the Department of
Religious Studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana. His research interests include Christian Theology, New Testament Studies, African Traditional Religion and Religious Pluralism and Dialogue. He is a lecturer at the Methodist College of Education, Akyem Asene-Aboabo, Oda- Eastern Region – Ghana, and presently the Ag. Vice Principal of the College. Email: korsleo@gmail.com

GEORGE KOJO OKU is a Lecturer at Dambai College of Education in the Oti region of Ghana. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana, and a Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. His research interests include Christian Religious Studies and African Traditional Religions. Email:okukojogeorge@gmail.com