Margaret Barker-drawing outside the lines


Margaret Barker, a fiercely independent British Methodist scholar, has a theory about Solomon’s temple and the religion that was practiced there. She has taken up a quest to rediscover the worship that took place in that temple. This has become a puzzle because King Josiah purged the temple of its former focus just a few decades before the Babylonians destroyed it.

Barker’s theory has similarities to Michael Heiser’s attempt to recover the old supernatural worldview behind the Hebrew Bible. Like Heiser she sees angels and a divine court as marks of old Hebrew religion. She is really pretty close to Heiser in her treatment of the Angel of the Lord. Both see the earthly appearances of that figure as a precursor to the incarnation of Jesus.

However, Barker draws much more outside the lines of Christian tradition. She apparently had some difficulty with Eerdmans publishing house getting her commentary on…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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