Margaret Barker

Biblical scholar

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Temple Mysticism. An Introduction  
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

According to Margaret Barker's groundbreaking theory, temple mysticism underpins much of the Bible. Rooted in the cult of the first temple in ancient Jerusalem, it helps us to understand the origins of Christianity. Temple mysticism was received and taught as oral tradition, and many texts were changed or suppressed or kept from public access. Barker first examines the biblical texts: Isaiah, the prophet whom Jesus quoted more than any other in Scripture, and John. Then she proposes a more detailed picture, drawing on a wide variety of non-biblical texts.

The hypothesis of temple mysticism provides new answers to important questions: who did Jesus think he was and what did he think he was doing? How did Christians understand their new faith and how did they express this in their worship? Temple Mysticism presents some remarkable results.

  "In another original, challenging and deeply learned book, Margaret Barker further consolidates her revolutionary rereading of the New Testament. A welcome study, enlarging the mind and the imagination."

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 

Published by SPCK in September 2011.ISBN: 9780281064830






(c) Margaret Barker 2006.