Priest, Prophet, Wisdom Teacher: Old Testament Models of the Minister

Daniel J. Simundson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1989

Issue: Studies in Ministry (Vol. 9, No 4, Fall, 1989)

What is a minister, anyway? How are ministers different from other believers? A religious community needs leaders. It will find some way to generate them, choose them, appoint them, and assign specific functions for them to perform. In ancient Israel, we hear about three distinct types of religious leaders—priest, prophet, and wisdom teacher. By looking at each of these in some detail, perhaps we can learn something about the leadership needs of the contemporary church.

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