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The Mother of the Lord: Volume 1: The Lady in the Temple Paperback – November 29, 2012
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Barker's detailed arguments and analysis of her topic is nothing short of encyclopedic - she covers vast amounts of ground with insightful detail . . . I look forward to her second volume (Robin Jarrell, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 65 2014-10-01)
Barker's work is impressive and the conclusions reached merit serious academic consideration, especially given the persisting fictive division between 'official' Josianic religion and Israelite 'folk' religion in a fair few strands of biblical scholarship. I look forward to the second volume. (Alan Hooker, University of Exeter, UK Theology)
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Unfortunately, if you just pick up The Mother of the Lord with no preparation and no background, it may overwhelm or baffle you, or both. The nature of Barker's inquiries -- she attempts to reconstruct the mental world of the priests of the First Temple and thereby answer the question "what were the first Christians thinking?" -- leads her to range through the Dead Sea Scrolls, the gnostic writings, Rabbinical traditions, the Enochic corpus, and even into Muslim texts. She frequently corrects stiff, insensitive or even incorrect translations, and even goes so far as to propose changing letter orders where some of the Hebrew Bible's most confusing texts have been (deliberately?) re-written. This is dense stuff, and to jump right in at this book might be shoving a firehose into your mouth.
But the payoffs are immense. Barker finds that the response of those who became the first Christians to Jesus makes sense only when one understands that they were heirs to cast out, oppressed, underground traditions of the first temple priesthood, traditions in which Yahweh's great angel, the second power in heaven, Yahweh, was born as his own son, the Davidic king.Read more ›
pursuing her own studies and writing learned articles about them. Her life's work has been to illuminate the earthly work of Jesus Christ, and she uses old, alternative sources to do so. Reading between the lines, she has discovered the arguments between competing Jewish scriptural sources, and she has concluded that Jesus wanted nothing less than the restoration of the Temple Liturgy and practices of Solomon's Temple. In the process, she liberates Scriptural meaning. She is held in esteem by Eastern Orthodox prelates. In the social sphere, Mrs. Barker has contributed to a women's shelter for years. Read this beautiful book
to let new light shine in the Scriptures and your understanding of them.
I am still looking for more information into the menorah in the temple. As I read I hoped that she would go into more detail later into the book but I was disappointed that was not included.
As always Barker does not discuss the implications of her research on various traditions today. She unapologetically presents her findings in as clear and linear a fashion as she can with extensive references to back up her assertions. She leaves the discussion of implications to adherents to various traditions. Her work is so groundbreaking that it deserves the consideration of believers across denominations and the areas she opens up for investigation promise to have a broad impact.
Baker's book, itself, is not a Mormon book, but it's easy to see how those of its persuasion--with their doctrinal assertion of a "Mother in Heaven" that gets bogged down in cultural heebie-jeebies--will find Baker's argument fascinating, or, at the very least provocative. Those sympathetic to its ideas may find the book's assertions an oasis, while those who would rather forget the doctrine as antiquated speculation, right along with other quaintly repugnant notions like polygamy, will point either to the faith of the author (decidedly NOT Mormon) or the hegemonic protestations of the more conservative academics against Baker's methodology--both of which are discussed in Dr. Petersen's review with greater acumen than I personally posses; biblical exegesis and orthography have almost never been among my strong suits (orthography in particular--me & spelling... My mother is peeing pants laughing somewhere.)
Like Dr Petersen, I don't know how Baker feels about having a Mormon fan-base. She's of a Protestant background, and I'm doubtful she ever intended to be the champion of Mormon causes. Likewise, those who read her should not expect to find a Mormon apologist, nor even words that are entirely comfortable--particularly to a lay audience unaccustomed to scholarly inquiry, however popular.Read more ›
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Thought provoking, considering how little individuals with no knowledge of how to translate can hold beliefs that do not really agree with the intent of the original writers of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by seeker
Barker writes of female deity that may have been lost from Israelite folk religion. Josiah's reforms and Second Temple worship supplanted worship of this female deity. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Jeremy Tarbush
I finally finished volume one (it is a dense but enjoyable read) and I am eagerly awaiting the second volume.Published on November 21, 2013 by John Nelson Leith
Well researched and thought provoking. However some of the source documents are questionable. Would not mean much to the average person with no knowledge of either Old Testament... Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Rev Ian P Hammett
I find that the author does great investigative reporting and represents the subject well in her writings, This book was recommended to me by my professor, and I was not... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Mililani McQuivey
While generally well-written, she leaps to several conclusions which I don't believe are substantiated by her evidence. The book however is worth the readPublished on August 3, 2013 by dan
She really knows her stuff. I have most of her books. I have always been enriched by her works. She is a true biblical historian and scholar. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Benjamin T. Blackham