Another memorable theological proposition
OK, so I'm stretching the genre of this series to include the following!
'[T]he original gospel message was about the temple, not the corrupted temple of Jesus' own time, but the original temple which had been destroyed some six hundred years earlier ... The Book of Revelation is the key to understanding early Christianity ... Melchizedek represented the older faith ... Jesus as Melchizedek can now be seen as the key to the New testament'
Margaret Barker, Temple Theology: An Introduction, pp. 1, 4-5
Just a thought: Barker often writes interchangeably of the 'mindmap' of the temple and the 'worldview' of the early Christians, as if they were essentially synonymous. However, is a mindmap, while it may be part of a worldview, sufficient to form a worldview itself (especially as I suspect Barker's temple theology tends to neglect a necessary focus on the crucial matter of 'story' in constructing worldviews)?