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Twenty Years After “Paradigms Regained,” Part 2: Responding to Margaret Barker’s Critics and Why Her Work Should Matter to Latter-day Saints
|Title||Twenty Years After “Paradigms Regained,” Part 2: Responding to Margaret Barker’s Critics and Why Her Work Should Matter to Latter-day Saints|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2023|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Asherah; Barker, Margaret; Criticism; Deuteronomist Reforms; Enoch (Prophet); Gospel of John; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Rhetoric; Temple Worship; Wisdom|
Here I address specific criticisms of Margaret Barker’s work. First, I set the stage by discussing Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions as a map and compass for navigating this kind of controversy. I show how his observations cast light on debates about Jesus in the Gospel of John, which in turn resemble present debates. In this context, I then consider some notable criticisms of Barker’s work as “not mainstream” and consider an instructive appreciation of Barker by Father John McDade in his “Life of Jesus Research.” I then respond in detail to a recent BYU Studies essay that was critical of Barker’s work.
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