By Margaret Barker
During this booklet, first released in 1991, the prolific and leading edge British biblical student Margaret Barker units out to discover the origins and the afterlife of traditions concerning the Temple in Judaism. utilizing proof from the deutero-canonical and pseudepigraphic texts, Qumran and rabbinic fabric, in addition to early Christian texts and liturgies, she advances a number of radical and suggestive theories, together with the next: 1. Apocalyptic writing was once the temple culture. 2. Temple structures have been aligned to set up a sun calendar, hence explaining the astronomical texts integrated in 1 Enoch three. The temple symbolism of priest and sanctuary antedated the Eden tales of Genesis. four. The temple constructions depicted heaven and earth separated by way of a veil of created topic. five. The throne visions, the foundation of the later Merkavah mysticism, originated as excessive priestly sanctuary reports, first attested in Isaiah yet originating within the royal cult while king figures handed past the temple veil from earth into heaven, from immortality to the resurrected kingdom, after which lower back.