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Prophet, Priest, and King (Belcher)

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Although early church fathers recognized the different roles of Christ, John Calvin was the first to call attention to his distinct offices of prophet, priest, and king. Starting in Genesis, these offices recur time and again throughout the Bible. Viewed alongside Christ’s humiliation and exultation, they give us a fully rounded understanding of his work, as well as insight into the ongoing work of the church.

In this biblical theology, Richard Belcher explores and defines the basic functions of prophets, priests, and kings through an analysis of key Old Testament texts before discussing the fulfillment of these offices in Christ and the transformation of these offices for the church, its leaders, and individual believers. Includes study questions.


Table of Contents: 

  1. The Importance of Prophet, Priest, and King
  2. The Role of the Prophet in the Old Testament
  3. Christ as Prophet: Mighty in Word and Deed
  4. The Role of the Priest in the Old Testament
  5. Christ as Priest: Consecrated as Mediator for God’s People
  6. The Role of the King in the Old Testament
  7. Christ as King in His Humiliation and Exaltation
  8. Prophet, Priest, and King: Implications for the Church  



Richard P. Belcher Jr. is Professor of Old Testament and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He is author of The Messiah and the Psalms and commentaries on Genesis and Ecclesiastes and has a decade of pastoral experience.



“Belcher’s impressive treatment of these offices in their biblical- theological setting is essential reading in understanding their comprehensive nature. This book deftly combines biblical and pastoral insight that is most welcome in furthering our understanding of Scripture and the person and work of Christ.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia

“With wisdom, clarity, and grace, Belcher guides the reader to a richer and fuller vision of Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King.” — Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte

“Belcher’s work points us all toward the importance of keeping the centrality of Christ in view as we address the manifold challenges that Christians face as we long for his return in glory.” — Richard L. Pratt Jr., President, Third Millennium Ministries