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Temple Themes in Christian Worship
Barker, Margaret

London: T&T Clark, 2007 pp. xi + 286. $29.95


Description: Scholarship has long been seeking the origins of Christian worship in the synagogue. In this book Margaret Barker traces the roots of Christian worship back to the Jewish temple. By proposing a temple setting, a great deal more can be explained, and the existing rather limited resources can be more fruitfully used. By working with a great variety of sources (canonical, extra-canonical and Fathers, all presented here in tranlsation), it is possible to reconstruct something of the early Christian world view, which shows the Church as the conscious continuation of the temple worship. The chapters in this book cover baptism, in theology and practice, the Eucharist, with special emphasis on the symbolism of the elements, the significance of music and hymns, festivals and pilgrimage, use of the Scriptures, both what the early Christians used and how they read them, prayers, including the Lordís prayer, and the shape of church buildings.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Albert Hogeterp
Published 8/29/2009
Citation: Albert Hogeterp, review of Margaret Barker, Temple Themes in Christian Worship, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Mary L. Coloe
Published 1/24/2009
Citation: Mary L. Coloe, review of Margaret Barker, Temple Themes in Christian Worship, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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