Saturday, February 10, 2007
Temple Theology: An Introduction (Margaret Barker)
Fabulous book, fascinating and stimulating (and very short), which I've just completed for the Learning Church sequence. Outlines Barker's understanding of first Temple liturgy and ritual which she argues shapes Christian understandings from the start. What was most interesting was the argument that the Deuteronomists were the puritans of their time, and Christianity was in many ways the reassertion of a suppressed form of Israelite worship.
There will be more on this theme - I've got 'The Great High Priest' on the shelf up for reading soon. If you're interested, Barker has a very good website here.