- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: SPCK Publishing (23 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 028105634X
- ISBN-13: 978-0281056347
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Temple Theology: An Introduction Paperback – 23 Apr 2004
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About the Author
Margaret Barker is an independent biblical scholar and former President of the Society for Old Testament Study and a member of the Ecumenical Patriarch's Symposium on Religion, Science and the Environment; and a Methodist local preacher.
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This particular title may be considered as a general introduction to her work and was originally presented as a series of lectures given at Heythrop College, London University in 2003. It is a surprise to learn from her research that Christianity is older than Judaism, but her arguments (which are extensively explained and argued in great detail in her other writings) are solid and clear. Her argument being that Christian theology developed very quickly because it had evolved out of a preceding and fully formed and earlier faith - one which was not Judaism or the faith of the second temple, but the theology of the first, Davidic temple, and to which Jesus and his followers were the successors. She is therefore also parenthetically refuting the usual assumption that a mature Christian theology necessarily developed gradually through a confluence with Greek philosophy and culture.
Unlike many academics in this field - and one thinks here of writers such as Dominic Crossan - Barker does not project concepts framed within her/our culture upon the culture that she is researching.Read more ›
The forward by the Principal of Heythrop College shows the significance that an academic Christian sees in her work. He quotes her declaration that "Temple theology is the original context of the New Testament. It knew of incarnation and atonement, the sons of God and the life of the age to come, the day of judgement, justification, salvation, the renewed covenant and the Kingdom of God." He is clearly impressed by Barker's solutions to several puzzles regarding Christian beginnings, and by her claim that Jesus "is the author and finisher of the faith, rather than the early communities, a supposition which has been fashionable for some time." There has been steady increase of attention given to her work in the form of numerous reviews, invitations to speak in prestigious forums, a term as the president elect of the Society for Old Testament Study, an invitation to head up a project at Cambridge to study the Temple, and her position as editor of a line of academic books for an English publisher.Read more ›
Temple, the doctrine of the Son of God, the Trinity are not later importations but beliefs which were expunged by post-exilic Judaism.
One of the main problems shown by MB is that the modern Bible is very different to the scriptures accepted by Jesus and the early church and that the post-reformation church has too readily accepted the rabbinic redaction of the Old Testament.
I could say a lot more, but read it for yourself.
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I am very much absorbed in Miss Barker's thesis .Last year I had the privlegde of meeting her and hearing her present 3 excellent papers.Published 9 months ago by michael blades
This book was recommended to me as a good read. I have to say that I was not disappointed. The subject matter is riveting and thought provoking. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2013 by Steve T W Rowley
This book is brilliant. Written by a scholar who can share her great knowledge in a clear and straightforward way, it opened the door into a world I had not even guessed might... Read morePublished on 6 July 2012 by Sue Latimer
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