Margaret Barker

Biblical scholar

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The Mother of the Lord: Volume 1: The Lady in the Temple  
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

Are there Old Testament roots to the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary? Margaret Barker traces this devotion back to the Old Testament and the First Temple in Jerusalem. The evidence is consistent over more than a millennium: there had been a female deity in Jerusalem, the Mother of the Lord in the royal cult. She was expelled around 600 BCE, was almost written out of the Hebrew text, and virtually excluded from the canon - but not entirely. The second volume will show how the Mother became so important for the Christians who saw themselves as restoring the First Temple.

  "Once again, Dr Barker offers us a massively learned and creative re-reading of what the Bible has to tell us about the religion of ancient Israel, using her wide knowledge of material in Hebrew, Syriac and other Semitic languages, texts from Jewish, Gnostic and Christian sources. She reinforces the case she has made in earlier books that the Hebrew Scriptures represent a deeply conflicted set of traditions, and excavates the lost cult of the divine 'Lady of the Temple', the personification of divine Wisdom and the bearer of the divine Son. Her contention that this alone makes sense not only of tensions within the text of the Hebrew Scriptures, but also of persistent and otherwise baffling themes in early Christianity is argued with vigour and comprehensiveness of scope. Controversial as it is, this is a very significant contribution to a fuller understanding of both Christian and Jewish origins."

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 

Published by T&T Clark in September 2012. ISBN: 9780567528155





(c) Margaret Barker 2006.