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- DescriptionThe Older Testament is a radically new approach to many problems of both Old and New Testaments. It takes as a basis the theology of the book of Ech, lost to western Christendom for many centuries, but here recognized as providing the most consistent set of clues to the nature of Israel's pre-exilic religion. Reformers and editors of the Second Temple period sought to remove from the biblical texts all traces of the older ways, which w survive only in the apparently bizarre themes and imagery of certain Pseudepigrapha. Margaret Barker traces some of the ways in which the Deuteromic standpoint came to dominate future readings of the Hebrew Bible as well as scholarly conceptions of Israel's religious development. Her reconstruction of the pre-Deuteromic religion throws a startling light on much of the imagery of the New Testament and shows how closely the earlier Christian expectations were based upon the ancient royal cult in Jerusalem. This book represents an important and original contribution to our understanding of Judaism and early Christianity.
- Author BiographyMargaret Barker, a former President of the Society for Old Testament Study, is a prolific author specializing in reconstructing the background of NT thought in the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism.
- Author(s)Margaret Barker
- PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press
- Date of Publication05/07/2005
- SubjectChristianity: Bibles & Liturgy
- Place of PublicationSheffield
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSheffield Phoenix Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight462 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementNew edition
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