Jesus of Nazareth: eternal high priest and sacrificial victim


Dr Tracey Rowland
Dr Tracey Rowland.
Dr Tracey Rowland has described Pope Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth as revealing Jesus as the eternal high priest and sacrificial victim as well as the King of his people.

Pope Benedict XVI’s second volume on Christ’s life, which debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List after it was released in March, covers the last week of Jesus’ earthly life – from his entrance into Jerusalem to his resurrection and appearances to his apostles and other followers.

In an opinion piece published on the Religion and Ethics portal of the ABC's website, Dr Rowland writes:

“One theme which flows through the chapters like a watermark is the pivotal position of Christ bridging the Old and New Testaments, bringing one to fulfilment and inaugurating the other.

In the mysteries of Holy Week, Jesus is revealed as the eternal high priest and sacrificial victim as well as the King of his people.”

The article, entitled No Bloodless Myth: Jesus of Nazareth as the Eternal High Priest and Sacrificial Victim, can be read in full at: 

Dr Rowland is the Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr Rowland is the author of Benedict XVI: a Guide for the Perplexed, which explains and synthesises the theology of the Pope. She has been credited with bringing ‘Benedict to the masses’ through her research and publications on the Pope’s intellectual background.

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