Margaret Barker

Biblical scholar

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The Gate of Heaven: The History and Symbolism of the Temple in Jerusalem  
Older Testament
The Lost Prophet
Gate of Heaven
The Great Angel
On Earth
The Risen Lord
Great High Priest
Temple Theology
Hidden Tradition
Temple Themes
Temple Mysticism
Mother of the Lord
King of the Jews

For over a thousand years the Temple in Jerusalem dominated both the city and its people. Yet although the first Christians were steeped in Temple myths and symbols, the implications of this for our understanding of Christian origins have scarcely been explored. The Gate of Heaven introduces a wealth of lesser known ancient texts and reveals how fundamental Christian beliefs such as the Incarnation and the Trinity had their roots in Temple imagery, how the Temple was the setting for all the apocalyptic writings of Judaism and Christianity, and how our understanding of the New Testament, early Christian writings and even familiar hymns can be enriched by an awareness of their original context. This is an important new book by one of the most exciting and innovative scholars of Christian origins. It challenges many of the prevailing assumptions of biblical scholarship and throws fresh light on the foundations of the Christian faith. 

  "Her remarkable book… is essential reading for anyone concerned with the continuity [between the mythological foundations of the Old Testament and the Christian tradition], which plays a vital role in early Christian theology and spirituality."

Professor John Healey, The Expository Times

First published by SPCK in 1991. ISBN: 0281045100






(c) Margaret Barker 2006.