Title: The Great High Priest: The Temple Roots of Christian Liturgy
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: T& T Clark July 2003
0567089428 / 9780567089427
Seller ID: 126327
Ms. Barker makes bold claims here. Several reviewers call her work ''fascinating,'' ''convincing'' and even ''revolutionary.'' We admit this gave us pause, primarily because Margaret Barker (a distinguished Old Testament scholar) presents in this collection of academic essays her research concerning the connection between the earliest Jerusalem Temple rituals and the Christian liturgy we know today. What Barker so tenaciously investigates here is the essential framework the oral tradition of the Temple has provided in the formation of both Old and New Testament scripture as well as the basic tenets of sacramental life and Christian doctrine. Her examination includes the roots of the Eucharist in the high priestly rituals of Atonement and the Bread of the Presence; the significance of the Temple Veil for understanding the Incarnation and Resurrection (as well as the concepts of time and eternity); the links between Holy Wisdom (as understood throughout the Septuagint) and the Mother of God; and the influence of Temple traditions on the likes of Pythagoras and Plato. See what we mean? It's important to understand Ms. Barker only scratches the surface. The connections she makes involve all the complexities of church history and biblical exegesis, as well as the reliability of source texts and their interpretations. Still, this is a weighty start, and worth a careful read. 423 pp.