Temple Theology - An Introduction

How was it early Christian reflection on Jesus emerged so rapidly and with such a high degree of definition What patterns of interpretation, already in known in late second temple Palestine, crystallized around the person of Jesus Christ and his work Margaret Barker believes that Christian theology matured quickly because it was the return to a far older faith Those whoHow was it early Christian reflection on Jesus emerged so rapidly and with such a high degree of definition What patterns of interpretation, already in known in late second temple Palestine, crystallized around the person of Jesus Christ and his work Margaret Barker believes that Christian theology matured quickly because it was the return to a far older faith Those who perserved the ancient tradition rejected the second temple, and longed for the restoration of the original, true temple and the faith of Abraham and Melchizedek, the first priest king In this fascinating discussion, the author refutes the scholarly assumption that crucial Christian concepts, such as the Trinty, the earth as a reflection of heaven, and the cosmic nature of the atonement, are informed by Greek culture Rather, she argues, they are drawn from the eclipsed faith of the first temple Margaret Barker s interpretation of temple theology should not be ignored by anyone in Judaism and the origins of Christian faith John McDade, Principal of Heythrop College, University of London.
Temple Theology An Introduction How was it early Christian reflection on Jesus emerged so rapidly and with such a high degree of definition What patterns of interpretation already in known in late second temple Palestine crystalli

  • Title: Temple Theology - An Introduction
  • Author: Margaret Barker
  • ISBN: 9780281056347
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Mormons build temples. So did the early peoples of New Testament times. So why don't other modern Christians or Jews? What did happen to temple worship between the first temple period (Solomon) and the second to have Christ call it corrupt? How does the Mosaic Law figure in? Who was Melchizedek? Margaret Barker is an amazing scholar and unconventional thinker. She goes into places where many scripture experts fear to tread and does original research from primary documents that keep being unearth [...]

    2. This is obviously a recapitulation of Barker's previous work, and so one can only expect that she would take some things for granted that she otherwise might not. Even so, the student of Judaism and/or Christianity can hardly be expected to take Barker's claims seriously from reading this book. There is no apparent method to the madness. Barker succeeds in culling together handfuls of obscure traditions from across great distance and time, and from disparate communities, harmonizing them in high [...]

    3. This is the essential starting point to understand Barker's biblical theology as most of her other books are somewhat hard going, packed as they are with a vast amount of detail and academic references. However, her almost re-writing of our understanding of both the Old Testament and the early Christian Church is phenomenal and has me convinced. It shows how Christianity developed, not from some set of ethical teachings distorted by Greek paganism, but from a suppressed Judaism dating from the F [...]

    4. Temple Theology is a short book, but is packed with information. I picked it up because I read about Barker's research on a few LDS blogs, and I was curious what it was all about. Barker is an independent biblical scholar. Her research, at least in this book, focuses on the importance of the temple in early Christian worship. Temple Theology is divided into four sections: Creation, Covenant, Atonement, and Wisdom. I personally found the sections on creation and atonement to be more interesting a [...]

    5. This book is very interesting for those interested in the ancient history of temples. But it is tough book to read if you have not read much of this scholarship before. She does not assume you are new to this topic and jumps right in to give a summary of the research. Several interesting topics include evidence that early Christian worship was centered around temple traditions. Evidence of two streams of Jewish tradition one of which dominated the Old Testament since the "Deuteronomists" major r [...]

    6. This is a fascinating little book with a very different approach to understanding the nature of temple worship during the period of the first temple in Jerusalem--Solomon's temple. Traditionally, Josiah's reforms are understood as a purging of idolatrous practices. Barker proposes that the reforms represented the death knell of the original (and true) temple worship. The author demonstrates that the early Christians had and understanding of the ancient temple worship that had been corrupted and [...]

    7. One of the best books I have ever read. I picked this up after reading a few of Barker's papers online. The book is short so I didn't know if it would add much but it gave a much clearer overall picture of Barker's thesis. The book is a broad overview so it helps to already be familiar with some of the biblical issues she discusses. Barker uses a wide variety of sources to make her points, showing her ideas have a large base of support in ancient sources. Her thinking and drawing together of so [...]

    8. It's a brief book, yes, it's an introduction as the title suggests. The book ends a bit abruptly, but I did enjoy myself reading her research. I think Barker has done some great work showing how the temple is rooted deeply within the New Testament and Christianity. Her work has caused much much discussion along these lines and I think it is something that anyone who values Christianity should be aware of. You don't have to agree with all of her conclusions, of course, but the book is worth the r [...]

    9. Margaret Barker is a British Methodist minister/scholar who finds two very different Judaisms when comparing the period of the first temple (Solomon's) and the post-exilic temple (Herod's). Her research is fascinating! Mormons will feel right at home reading about the ancient expectation of the Messiah as one after the order of Melchizedek, the great high priest. They will recognize references to the Tree of Life and Wisdom, the Heavenly Queen. The list goes on. Highly recommended!

    10. Fascinating book. Dr. Barker caused me to look at the Old Testament in a wholly new light, and the more I read, the more I can see how Ancient Christianity (i.e the Catholic and Orthodox) are truly heirs to the traditions of Solomon's Temple. I also highly recommend her Temple Mysticism.

    11. Disappointing by Barker standards, but laid out in an accessible fashion. Read this one before her other works or not at all.

    12. This has a lot of references to modern LDS Temples. Very interesting read since the author is a Methodist.

    13. A brief one volume introduction to her work. It consists of a 2004 overview of her work, and chapters on Covenant, Creation, Atonement, and Wisdom. Concise, clear, and insightful.

    14. While I don't agree with all of the reasoning in this book, I found it a fascinating study and I learned a lot.

    15. I liked her stuff on Mary some of this was really good. On page 91 she writes:The Lady’s tree of fire appears in another story, where her demise is the preface to the story of Moses and the Exodus. The burning bush was her tree of fire. The story of Moses learning the new name for God at the burning bush is recognised by scholars as the point at which the compilers of the Pentateuch joined together the two traditions. Abraham, Melchizedek and the patriarchs were joined to Moses and the Exodus, [...]

    16. I sat down and read this whole book in one sitting! I found it fascinating and interesting that a methodist preacher, through her scholarly biblical studies, has tried to reconstruct the temple and its significance to Christian theology. And how her studies have led her to reject mainstream "Christianity" ideals such as the concept of the trinity, atonement, and a heavenly mother. The Nicean creed was what established a common belief of what Christianity is known today, but when Barker really tr [...]

    17. Love the insights brought to light by Margaret Barker in this small volume. I'm a fan of her work and insights about the lost temple theology in the scriptures and some of the reasons historically. Highly recommend this very accessible little volume.

    18. Wasn't as good as what I'd hoped in many ways, because it really was short and seriously introductory, leaving you in the end with more questions But still it was interesting :)

    19. I recommend this book to anyone interested in temples or early Christianity. The first few chapters were magnificent, and I gained some incredible insights (most particularly on several key words' translations, and the contexts in which they were used, e.g. "hosanna"). I was also beyond excited to learn about the physical bent that the Deuteronomist had, while the Chronicler had a sensitive appreciation for the metaphysical and the mythical. I suspect that my reception of this book was so warm b [...]

    20. I was introduced to the work of Margaret Barker by an acquaintance of mine​. This book will blow your mind, which is not always a good thing. While I was already somewhat familiar with second temple literature, Margaret Barker introduces a new way to interpret that literature, demonstrating that the New Testament comes from the same source, while the Hebrew Scriptures are the product of an alternate strain of Judaism, one that reinterpreted Judaism, eliminated the hereditary Aaronic priesthood [...]

    21. Author is Methodist. Univ of Cambridge. Basic thesis is that temple worship illuminates new testament but that temple roots of atonement have been neglected in modern Christian teaching. She uses canonized biblical references and a number of more recently discovered texts to support a view that authentic Christianity was rooted in temple worship. Her research supports the temple focus of Mormons and highlights what appears to be a gap in the worship of the balance of the Christian world.

    22. This was a very interesting book, even if it was short on explanation. I read a lot of stuff related to LDS, Catholic, and Anglican theology and liturgy so I could see some connections that could be made. I may read more of her work to see if she gives more insight on these connections.Overall this was a good, but heavy, book about a little discussed topic.

    23. Reading Barker's little gem of a book, I found myself elevated and illuminated. Ideas came together for me that I hadn't ever considered. While sometimes the details of Biblical scholarship were outside of my experience, I had no problem following the thesis. My paradigms are shifting. Reading this book left me with a feeling of hope and light.

    24. This book was eye-opening and mind-expanding. I loved understanding more connections between ancient temple worship, the creation, the veil, eternity, and the Old and New Testament from this Methodist scholar. It helped me understand and approach my own temple worship with new insights and understanding. I'm excited to read the author's more recent book as well.

    25. My theology is tinglingMargaret Barker is a Bible scholar who isn't afraid to inform you that everything you knew about the Bible is sort of shallow and wrong. Like read-it-again wrong.Any Mormons reading this will scratch their heads and wonder if Margaret Barker is Mormon--she's not.

    26. Great summary of ideas from many of Margaret Barker's earlier books. Suggests that an older Hebrew religion centered on temple theology prepared Jews of the 1st cent. to accept Jesus's claim to be the Son of God. Very dense writing: I underline or write in margins on every page.

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