The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God

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Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992 - Religion - 253 pages
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What did "Son of God," "Messiah," and "Lord," mean to the first Christians when they used these words to describe their beliefs about Jesus? In this book Margaret Barker explores the possibility that, in the expectations and traditions of first-century Palestine, these titles belonged together, and that the first Christians fit Jesus' identity into an existing pattern of belief. She claims that pre-Christian Judaism was not monotheistic and that the roots of Christian Trinitarian theology lie in a pre-Christian Palestinian belief about angels--a belief derived from the ancient religion of Israel, in which there was a "High God" and several "Sons of God." Yahweh was a son of God, manifested on earth in human form as an angel or in the Davidic King. Jesus was a manifestation of Yahweh, and was acknowledged as Son of God, Messiah, and Lord. Barker relies on canonical and deutero-canonical works and literature from Qumran and rabbinic sources to present her thoughtful investigation.

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User Review  - Darrol - LibraryThing

This book maintains that ancient Israel always had more than one god, and that the distinction between El and Yahweh was blurred by the Deuteronomist reformers. Barker sees vestiges of this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anne Hamilton - Goodreads

A curious fact gleaned from this intriguing book: Yahweh is not the name God gives to Moses as His own. Yahweh means, among other possibilities, 'he is who he will be'. But God begins His self ... Read full review

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Margaret Barker, The Great Angel, A Study of Israel's Second God
The Great Angel, A Study of Israel's Second God. Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992. xvi + 253 pp. $21.99. Reviewed by Robert M. Price. ...
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byteline: August 2007
I read two fascinating books recently by Old Testament scholar, Margaret Barker: The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God, and Temple Theology. ...
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Who is Margaret Barker?
Most notably, her fourth book, The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God, has been quoted in two significant discussions of Book of Mormon Christology ...
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Margeret Barker's The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God is from an earlier scholarly tradition -- she wanders through the evidence with the ...
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Margaret Barker
To be published by T&T Clark, Edinburgh, 2007. Temple Themes in Christian Worship, London: T&T Clark, forthcoming December 2007, explores the earliest links ...
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About the author (1992)

Margaret Bakeris a Methodist preacher and biblical scholar. A former president of the Society for Old Testament Study, in July 2008 she was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Lambeth degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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