The Gate of Heaven Paperback

The History and Symbolism of the Temple in Jerusalem

by Margaret Barker;

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The Gate of Heaven

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In this book, first published in 1991, the prolific and innovative British biblical scholar Margaret Barker sets out to explore the origins and the afterlife of traditions about the Temple in Judaism. Using evidence from the deutero-canonical and pseudepigraphic texts, Qumran and rabbinic material, as well as early Christian texts and liturgies, she advances a host of radical and suggestive theories, including the following: 1. Apocalyptic writing was the temple tradition. 2. Temple buildings were aligned to establish a solar calendar, thus explaining the astronomical texts incorporated in 1 Enoch 3. The temple symbolism of priest and sanctuary antedated the Eden stories of Genesis. 4. The temple buildings depicted heaven and earth separated by a veil of created matter. 5. The throne visions, the basis of the later Merkavah mysticism, originated as high priestly sanctuary experiences, first attested in Isaiah but originating in the royal cult when king figures passed beyond the temple veil from earth into heaven, from immortality to the resurrected state, and then returned.

The Gate of Heaven by Margaret Barker was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in March 2008 and is our 40420th best seller. The ISBN for The Gate of Heaven is 9781906055424.

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Details for The Gate of Heaven

Page last updated 5th June 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press (March 2008)
Number of Pages212
Thickness11 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1229153
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