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Christmas Comes Early – From Margaret Barker

Posted by NT Wrong on October 23, 2008

Available from today, October 23, 2008, is Margaret Barker‘s latest book, Christmas: The Original Story. Margaret Barker is former President of the Society for Old Testament Study and author of a number of books on Enochic Judaism and the Jewish Temple.

“I’ll be interested to see how the public reacts to it, because, the Christmas story is something that’s got a lot of emotional capital tied up in it. I think if I were to write a radical book about Obadiah, no one would worry as much. But when you’re doing a Christmas story people [say], ‘oh hands off, that’s ours, don’t touch it’. But I hope I have set it in its real historical and cultural sense, so that people can glimpse maybe what the authors were really writing…”
— Margaret Barker

Margaret Barker discusses her new book in a taped conversation over lunch with William Hamblin. You can even watch Margaret Barker eating!

It is entirely coincidental that the date of release coincides with the date the world was created, as cleverly determined by Bishop Ussher.

2 Responses to “Christmas Comes Early – From Margaret Barker”

  1. What is the cost of the above book?

  2. ntwrong said

    Hmmmmm… the publisher, SPCK, has it at £12.99. So does Church House Bookshop.
    Borders: £11.69.
    Eruditor: £8.39, but they don’t yet have it in stock.
    Amazon have it at £8.57, but also don’t have it in stock yet.

    Maybe SPCK are a bit slow on the publishing.

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