In these articles, Fr Michael Hall and Methodist scripture scholar Margaret Barker explore some of the writings that did not make it into the Old Testament.
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In this new series, Fr Michael Hall, a parish priest in the Leeds Diocese, and Methodist scripture scholar, Margaret Barker, look closely at writings dating from around the time of Our Lord up to several centuries before, which did not gain a place in the Old Testament. These writings can help us immeasurably – to understand the context of the Old Testament, enable a richer understanding of Scripture and gain a sense of the milieu in which our Lord and his apostles taught.
More posts coming soon…
Fr Michael Hall explores St John’s Gospel and how extra-biblical material helps our understanding of it, particularly as we consider the role that the Temple plays in this gospel.
In this third article Fr Michael looks at key texts in the fourth gospel to show us how Jesus uses such a primeval element to show us the true way of salvation.
The "apocalyptic" strand of St Luke's writings is fascinating yet frequently forgotten. Fr Michael Hall dazzles us with heavenly visions and dramatic encounters. He explains how Luke’s Gospel and Acts were rooted in Temple hopes as well as future dreams.