Q & A with Fr. Michael J.T.Nguyen, CSsR
Friday, January 17, 2020
Shalom Father Michael!
I have a question about Eli (from the 1 book of Samuel)
Was Eli a priest? or a Judge? or both?
Was Samuel a Priest? or a Judge? or both?
Ok two questions
Thanks so much!
Fr. Michael’s answer:
Salve Maria: God bless you.
(1) Eli was both a priest and a judge. In fact, he was the next to the last judge in the Old Testament. The very last judge was Samuel.
(2) Samuel was more than both. He was:
2a) A prophet.
2b) A judge.
2c) An intercessor.
2d) A priest.
How? He practices the fourfold priestly office:
By intercession (1 Sam 7:9).
By offering sacrifices. (1 Sam 7:9, 10).
By benediction. (1 Sam 10:17, 25).
By anointing kings. (1 Sam 10:1; 16:13).