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Temple Mysticism: An Introduction
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Temple Mysticism: An Introduction


SPCK 2011

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According to Margaret Barker’s groundbreaking theory, temple mysticism underpins much of the Bible. Rooted in the cult of the first temple in ancient Judaism, temple mysticism helps us understand the origins of Christianity. It was generally received and taught as oral tradition, and many texts were changed, suppressed, or kept from public access. Barker first examines the biblical texts of Isaiah—the prophet whom Jesus quoted more than any other—and John. Then she proposes a more detailed picture of temple mysticism, drawing on a wide variety of non-biblical texts. The resulting book presents some remarkable results.

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Key Features

  • Develops an innovative theory of temple mysticism
  • Offers a new perspective on early Christianity and first-century Judaism
  • Examines extrabiblical texts for details on temple mysticism and the early church


  • Introduction
  • The Sources
  • The One
  • The Many
  • The Throne
  • The Servant
  • Postscript

Product Details

  • Title: Temple Mysticism: An Introduction
  • Author: Margaret Barker
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 192

About Margaret Barker

Margaret Barker is an independent scholar, Methodist preacher, and the former president of the Society for Old Testament study. She developed temple mysticism as a new approach to biblical studies. She is a member of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s Symposium on Religion, Science, and the Environment.

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