By Margaret Barker
During this groundbreaking publication, Barker claims that pre-Christian Judaism used to be no longer monotheistic and that the roots of Christian Trinitarian theology lie in a pre-Christian Palestinian trust approximately angels derived from the traditional faith of Israel. Barker's ideals are in response to canonical and deutero-canonical works and literature from Qumran and rabbinic resources.
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It is widely agreed that the Canaanite harvest festivals became associated with the celebration of events in Israel's history: barley harvest with the Exodus, wheat harvest with Sinai and the grape harvest with the enthronement of the king. Cult places were similarly absorbed and given a place in the history of the patriarchs. C o n s e q u e n t l y , if o n e b e g i n s , a s 1 h a v e d o n e , w i t h the v i e w that the s t o r i e s o f the patriarchs in G e n e s i s , e v e n in their Y a h w i s t i c f o r m , d a t e f r o m t h e t i m e o f the e x i l e , it is still p o s s i b l e t o e x p l a i n s u c h features a s the El e p i t h e t s a n d the references t o the sacred trees, pillars a n d a l t a r s a s c o n s i s t e n t with the t h e o l o g i c a l c o n c e r n s a n d r e l i g i o u s p r a c t i c e s o f that p e r i o d , t h e y are n o t archaic remnants of a distant primitive stage o f l s r a e l i t e religion.
The judgement was executed by the Lord Y a h w e h . " These descriptions of the kings of Babylon and Tyre fit exactly with the situation depicted in Ps. 82, where the gods, the sons of Elyon, are judged and condemned to die like men. Note too that the King of Babylon is a despised branch, newer, a word used only of people, just as the royal prince of the house of Jesse is called the branch from his root (Isa. 1), and the branch m Dan. 7isPtolemyIIIEuergetes. Once only is the word used of a non-royal person, and then it is Isaiah's description of Israel, the people whom Yahweh has planted (Isa.
1 ) a n d to condemn them to death(Ps. 6). The First Isaiah is another window onto the cultof the first temple, and Holy One is one of the characteristic names of Yahweh in this text. They have forsaken Yahweh They have despised the Holy One of Israel. (Isa. 4) They have rejected the Law of Yahweh of Hosts, And have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (Isa. 24; cf. 23 and many more) Yahweh the Holy One was also Yahweh of Hosts: 1 Yahweh of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel (Isa. 24) My eyes have seen the King, Yahweh of Hosts (Isa.
The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God by Margaret Barker