God’s Mediators: A Biblical Theology of Priesthood by Andrew S. Malone is one of the newest volumes in the longstanding series New Studies In Biblical Theology by IVP Academic Publishing. This admirable series is edited by D.A. Carson is renowned for its impeccable research, its engagement with current scholarship, and conformity to the basic tenants of orthodoxy. The focus of this book is the office of priest in the Bible.
Now the concept of the priesthood is not taught one by pastors much but is usually relegated to Scholars. This sad truth is what this book is trying to change. In God’s Mediators a long and broad history of interpretation and this work strives to explore the vast landscape of various Biblical Theological interpretations of this office while evaluating which interpretations are sound with some advice on which interpretive methods to take.
In regard to the text of the book itself, there are seven various interpretive lenses to view the this office of priest through, some of which connect well, while others contradict one another. In each of these interpretive systems the authors are careful to look at the meaning of the text in its own context as well as the broader view of scripture as a whole. Furthermore in each of the interpretations there are a handful of themes which the authors shine a light the importance of this office in both the Old and New Testament as well as the Church’s priestly commission. Of these themes the most insightful was the famine theme.
In the end I would wholeheartedly recommend God’s Mediators to any Pastor, Bible Teacher, or Sunday School teacher who is preparing for a long in-depth exposition of the office of priest.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic Publishers in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.