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Temple Mysticism

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According to Margaret Barker, temple mysticism underpins much of the Bible. Rooted in the cult of the first temple in ancient Judaism, it helps us to understand the origins of Christianity. Barker first examines biblical texts: Isaiah, the prophet whom Jesus quoted more than any other in Scripture, and John, and then non-biblical texts.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by SPCK Publishing
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Kevin Christensen
Jan 13, 2012 Kevin Christensen rated it it was amazing
As "mysticism" is a word means different things to different people, the first thing a reader should do is set aside their personal definition, and pay close attention to Margaret's use. She begins with Isaiah's Temple vision in Isaiah 6:1-5, and by the middle of page 2 says directly that "Seeing the LORD--temple mysticsm, was both controversial and, apparently suppressed."

The theme of seeing the LORD in a Temple context runs through the book, in concert with her enlightening unfolding of how an
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Sep 11, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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As always, this book was amazing. Barker is a genius. There is always a lot of overlap with other books as she refines her ideas, but there were a couple of really great new things here. I especially think her analysis of the Isaiah servant songs was really incredible.
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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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