As I mentioned yesterday, Margaret Barker discussed her fascinating theses concerning Temple theology today, and I took the opportunity to get the following picture taken of us both. I also purchased a discounted copy of her brand new book, Christmas: The Original Story, which I am really looking forward to reading (when I get the chance!). Her presentation was not only highly stimulating, but she was very personable and friendly.
I’d be interested to learn what people think about her arguments, where there is room for improvement or even complete overhaul, what has shed fresh light on the evidence or utterly convinced you. While I am actually not too convinced that there was a specific 'temple theology' that was so completely essential for early Christians as she maintains - and I am even less convinced by the 'YHWH as Son of the Most High' proposal -, I will re-read some of her arguments in the near future with a renewed hermeneutical openness.