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April 05, 2013

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Darius too quickly ignores Scripture and jumps to Latin Christian usage of the term "ordinatio." But they didn't do so in a vacuum. They knew the Old Testament background of setting people apart for ministry by laying on of hands. They knew about the Biblical practices of laying on of hands--and the gift that was given by the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands (2 Tim. 1:6). They knew about orders of ministry--Apostles, Episkopoi, Presbyteroi, Diakonoi. These, I think, are critical omissions.

Thanks for your thoughts Bill. I am aware of all the points you listed. In my larger paper upon which this essay is based I do address the Old Testament background of laying on of hands and its occurrences in the New Testament. In this short blog entry I wanted to concentrate only on the post-Apostolic developments. I believe someone else will be dealing with the issues you addressed in these series on ordination. Thanks again for your comment.

How does one get access to the original (larger) papers from which this series of blog articles are excerpted?

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