An Extraordinary Gathering of Angels  -     By: Margaret Barker
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An Extraordinary Gathering of Angels

MQ Publications / 2007 / Hardcover

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This book is a fresh and unique study of angels from the Jewish and Christian traditions. It features over 170 illustrations which include paintings, frescoes, stained glass windows, icons and sculpture; along with more than 100 extracts and quotations.

The author has included essays on angels in both ancient and modern culture: angels in the Bible and in worship, the ranks of angels, angels as guides and guardians, angels in cosmology and cosmic harmony, and the role of angels in inspiration and revelation. Barker has also added interviews with religious leaders, Jewish and Christian theologians, and writers including Philip Pullman.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: MQ Publications
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 6.50 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1840726806
ISBN-13: 9781840726800
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Publisher's Description

An Extraordinary Gathering of Angels is an exquisite visual and thoughtful study of the complex and fascinating world of angels in the Judaic-Christian tradition. Using more than 250 artworks, leading Biblical scholar and practicing theologian, Margaret Barker takes the reader on an extraordinary journey among the realm of angels. Barker makes this wonderful world accessible to all readers--mini essays make sense of the complex angel cosmology and detailed picture captions explain the meaning and significance of each angel type. Margaret also has included interviews she has taken with key theologians, artists and writers who have particular and sometimes differing viewpoints on the significance of angels. 

Author Bio

Author Margaret Barker, a Hebrew scholar and profilic writer on religious history, is an influential figure in her subject area and to date has published ten specialist books. She is famous for having developed a whole new approach to biblical studies, known as Temple Theology. She is a Methodist preacher and a former President of the Society for Old Testament Study.

Author Bio

Margaret Barker has developed an approach to Biblical Studies now known as Temple Theology. She read theology at the University of Cambridge, England, and went on to pursue her research independently. She was elected President of the Society for Old Testament Study in 1998, and is currently the Editor of the Society’s Monograph Series, published by Ashgate. She has so far written 13 books, which form a sequence, later volumes building on her earlier conclusions.

Since 1997, she has been part of the symposium Religion, Science and the Environment, convened by His All Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch. This work has led her to develop the practical implications of temple theology as the basis for a Christian environment theology.

In July 2008 Margaret Barker was awarded a DD by the Archbishop of Canterbury "in recognition of her work on the Jerusalem Temple and the origins of Christian Liturgy, which has made a significantly new contribution to our understanding of the New Testament and opened up important fields for research."

Margaret Barker is a mother and grandmother, a Methodist preacher, and has been involved, since it opened in 1977, with the work of a Women’s Refuge.

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  1. Carol Simmons
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    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a Christian book
    February 8, 2011
    Carol Simmons
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
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    As I began reading this book I realized this was written from a wordly perspective (New Age) and is not a Christian book! Yes, the paintings are beautiful but it was very disconcertaing to read that various people the author quoted were not Christians or scriptural. Beware new Christians, this is not a book for you. I returned this book and received a refund.
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