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The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God

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What did Son of God, Messiah, and Lord, mean to the first Christians when they used these words to describe their beliefs about Jesus? In this book Margaret Barker explores the possibility that, in the expectations and traditions of first-century Palestine, these titles belonged together, and that the first Christians fit Jesus' identity into an existing pattern of belief. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Kevin Christensen
The first of her books that I read, back in 1999. I went out and read everything else she had written, and continue to maintain that enlightening habit. I've published several studies on the implications of her work for LDS readers, and that has led to much enlightening interaction, and a widening interest.
Anne Hamilton
A curious fact gleaned from this intriguing book: Yahweh is not the name God gives to Moses as His own. Yahweh means, among other possibilities, 'he is who he will be'. But God begins His self-identification with the famous 'I am'.

I found the first two-thirds of the book very heavy going; with such a controversial premise it was difficult to assess the idea without a thorough background knowledge. The last third of the book ventured onto more familiar territory and was much easier to great and g
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Ken Parkinson
Every once in a while it is good to get in over your head with a book that is way beyond you. Margaret Barker, a methodist minister, book carefully amasses evidence from the Old and New Testaments, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Dead sea scrolls, and other ancient text, supporting proposition that a sizable number of ancients both before and after Christ were polytheist, believing that Yahweh was the "great angel" presiding over a counsel of angel/gods (my phrase). Barker contends that Israel's mono ...more
Nelson
The scholarship is much better than the writing. Barker doesn't use subheadings or anything else to guide the reader; consequently, I was often lost. Given That this is possibly the most important non-LDS work in the LDS apologetic corpus, I forged ahead and finished.

Barker pulls together a wide array of sources: Old Testament, apocryphal books, Talmud, targums, Philo, the New Testament, Gnostics, the Early Church Fathers, all to demonstrate that the trinity was not a pagan accretion into Chris
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Darrell
Yahweh thundered in the heavens, and Elyon uttered his voice. (Psalms 18:13)

It's difficult to tell in most English translations, but in the Bible, there are many different ways of referring to God. The most significant are Yahweh (often translated as Lord), El (God), El Elyon (God Most High), and Elohim (Gods). It's interesting that throughout the Old Testament, whenever the phrase "son of God" is used in conjunction with Yahweh it always refers to humans, while whenever "son of God" is used wit
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Kc
The Great Angel - A study of Israel’s Second God by a Methodist Old Testament scholar from England named Margaret Barker will be of interest to those interested in the Mormon concept of God. In this Book Barker presents detailed evidence that early Israel was not as monotheistic as we suppose today and that early Christians identified Jesus with Yahweh, the son of Elyon (the High God). It also challenges the “higher critisism” idea that the deification of Jesus came from Hellenistic, pagan conve ...more
Mark
Written for the serious religious scholar but not entirely inaccessible to the layperson. It's a vast collection of knowledge packed with incredible density without becoming unclear. It took me a long time to read because I would read until I had ingested several 'servings' of information and pause for a break, then realize I had only read five pages. Vastly illuminating, especially when reading with one's Mormon ears open.
Nedra Sproul
My brother Evan will find this one really intriguing! It's heady, academic and VERY thoughtful, especially as I consider my own belief schema.
Steven Wedgeworth
Slightly dangerous, but very exciting and important. Set this within an orthodox framework and you've got something huge.
D.J.
Started strong, but really got boggen down in minutiae half way through.
Brian
Good understanding of the Great Angel
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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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