Temple Theology, Paperback
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Study of the Jewish Temple is very important at present - but often studies remain at the archaeological level.

What has been less studied is the theological reason for the artefacts discovered by the archaeologists.

Margaret Barker, already a published expert in this area, gives a general introduction, and then focuses on four areas of meaning: Creation, Covenant, Atonement and Wisdom.

The book also discusses how Jesus related to the Temple.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of religion
  • ISBN: 9780281056347



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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 replaced.<br/><br/>This study presents the ancient temple through the concepts of creation, covenant, atonement, and wisdom. Her association of the creation with the temple and some of her thoughts regarding Melchizedek and the High Priesthood will be of interest to LDS readers. Barker is an independent Biblical scholar and her point of view is guaranteed to sometimes resonate with sometimes irritate readers.

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