The Great Angel

By Margaret Barker,

Book cover of The Great Angel: A Study of Israel's Second God

Book description

What did "Son of God," "Messiah," and "Lord," mean to the first Christians when they used these words to describe their beliefs about Jesus? In this book Margaret Barker explores the possibility that, in the expectations and traditions of first-century Palestine, these titles belonged together, and that the first Christians…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked The Great Angel as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This book was published in 1992, prior to the recent revolution in our understanding of Jewish and Christian origins, but no book has done more to revolutionize my own understanding of Jewish and Christian origins than this one. What is so important about this book is not any specific fact or revelation, but rather the framework that Margaret Barker establishes for understanding the complex development of Jewish concepts of divinity. Barker shows how the polytheistic roots of Semitic religion led to ongoing turmoil within ancient Judaism and interpretations of the scriptures in ways that indicated there were two or more…

Want books like The Great Angel?

Our community of 11,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like The Great Angel.

Browse books like The Great Angel

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Judaism, Christianity, and presidential biography?

11,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Judaism, Christianity, and presidential biography.

Judaism Explore 88 books about Judaism
Christianity Explore 620 books about Christianity
Presidential Biography Explore 19 books about presidential biography