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The Great High Priest: The Temple Roots of Christian Liturgy

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Margaret Barker has been researching and writing about the Jerusalem temple for over twenty years. Many of her studies have remained unpublished. Here for the first time her work on the roots of Christian liturgy has been brought together.Whereas most scholarship has concentrated upon the synagogue, Margaret Barker's work on the Jerusalem temple contributes significantly t ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published July 21st 2003 by T&T Clark International (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mark
Mar 05, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Biblical scholar and minister, Margaret Barker makes a powerful case that the Original Faith of ancient Israel, was far more temple-centric than Second Temple Judaism. This older religion knew two Gods: Elohim, God most high, and his son, Jehovah, the Great High Priest. They also were familiar with Jehovah's mother in heaven. In fact, she demonstrates that the Old Testament adopted by Christianity, was in fact a reworked version of the scriptures altered by the Jews as a response to Christianity ...more
Sharman Wilson
Nov 12, 2011 Sharman Wilson rated it liked it
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I really like what Margaret Barker has to say, even if I'm a bit over my head. I wonder if her work is having an impact on other Biblical/extra-Biblical scholars. It's cool to see so much in the "first temple" era that I can relate to as a Mormon (restoration Christian)and also appreciate how so many of these practices came down via mainstream Christian liturgy. The ancient texts certainly show a diverse Judaism and Christianity, and that the Greeks may have been influenced by them, rather than ...more
Alexander Kennedy
Dec 26, 2014 Alexander Kennedy rated it it was amazing
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! This book is fantastic. Barker delves into some very tough topics and generates some fascinating ideas. She tries to recreate the religion of the first temple. This book has great analysis on the architecture of the temple and the role of feminine Wisdom in the original religion of the Hebrews. She shows of the book of Genesis was a second temple political version of the original creation story. Baker then goes through the days of creation and tries to reconstruct the orig ...more
Jared
Aug 01, 2009 Jared rated it it was ok
Her chapters on the Sabbatical Year and Jubilee and on the Day of Atonement were fairly interesting, but her general lack of any sense of temporal development in the tradition from ancient Israel to the Second Temple period and from there into early Christianity is frustrating to read, both in terms that she jumps from source to source from widely different contexts quickly and in the sense that she presents a fairly "static" view of priestly theology that remains underground and unchanged throu ...more
Kevin Christensen
Sep 09, 2008 Kevin Christensen rated it it was amazing
A collection of insightful essays on the theme of temple symbolism related to Christian origins. It also includes an essay relating Plato's Timaeus to the First temple, and a study showing how the Christians ended up adopting an Old Testament originally defined and edited in response to Christianity.
Richard
May 23, 2008 Richard rated it really liked it
Very Good Premise, good collection of info, but not for the lay reader.
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Margaret Barker is a mother and grandmother, a Methodist Preacher, and has been involved, since it opened in 1977, with the work of a Women’s Refuge.

She read theology at the University of Cambridge, England, and went on to pursue her research independently.

She was elected President of the Society for Old Testament Study in 1998*, and is currently the Ed
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