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 Temple Studies Group

Margaret Barker, Robin Griffith-Jones, Laurence Hemming, Susan Parsons and the late Geoffrey Rowell established a Temple Studies Group to convene symposia on Temple themes.

The Temple Studies Group promotes and enables study of the Temple in Jerusalem, believing that the world view, traditions, customs and symbolism of the Temple were formative influences on the development of Christianity. 

This is an ecumenical and international initiative, entirely self funding and dedicated to the development of scholarship in this field.



Temple Studies Group symposia begin with an introduction to one aspect of ancient Temple tradition, and then trace this into Christianity, to show how Temple teaching has been preserved in all branches of the Church. The symposia are normally convened once a year and are open to all. 

In addition to organising one day symposia, the Group will encourage advanced academic research and support occasional colloquia on Temple themes.

From 2018 we are able to resource local churches with one-day introductory symposia on Temple Theology, see Symposia


Linen exhibition

After two successful showings in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin and St Columbís Cathedral Londonderry, a Dutch version was shown in various locations in the Netherlands during the summer of 2015.

Summer School 2022

Margaret Barker's Summer School this year will be on The Lead Books found in Jordan.

It will be held from 9th-12th August in the Moravian Church, Ockbrook, Derbyshire, DE72 3RJ (UK), and will also be available on Zoom.

Further information is on the Summer School homepage.


Email: templestudiesgroup [at] hotmail.co.uk

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