Margaret Barker

Biblical scholar

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On Earth as it is in Heaven: Temple Symbolism in the New Testament  
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

As more and more is being discovered about the beginnings of Christianity, a whole new understanding of the context of Christian origins is emerging. Any serious student now needs a knowledge of the traditions of the Temple. 

This book breaks further new ground, showing how the symbols and rituals of the Temple shaped the lives of the early Christians, and illustrates the striking relevance of Temple Theology to the New Testament. As there are no ancient texts of direct bearing, the influence of the Temple cult has to be reconstructed by drawing on the increasing number of non-biblical texts now available. These include those written in the early churches; fragments from among the Dead Sea Scrolls; and Jewish texts written in the early Christian period. Piece by piece the world of the Temple is emerging from this material.

The examination of such important evidence has become one of the fastest growing areas of biblical studies, it is not too much to claim, will eventually have an impact comparable to the first vernacular translations of the Bible.

Through this close study of the Pseudepigrapha and other non-canonical writings, Margaret Barker examines four symbols of temple Theology: Light, Life, Blood and the Robes of Glory. She shows how details missing from the Old Testament descriptions can be recovered from other ancient texts to throw new light upon many significant passages of the Bible.

Written with such clarity that preaches and students as well as other scholars can immediately benefit from the new findings, this book will illuminate and enrich any reading of the New Testament. original contribution to our understanding of Judaism and early Christianity.

  "Barker presents her case clearly and cogently, guiding the general reader through the somewhat daunting imagery of the pseudepigraphical literature."

Professor Roy Porter, The Times Literary Supplement.

Published by T & T Clark, 1995.ISBN 0567292789






(c) Margaret Barker 2006.