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VIII Temple Textiles: Veils and Vestments

VII Mary and the Temple

VI The Temple in the Johannine Writings

V The Temple Hidden in the Bible

IV The Paradisiac Temple. From First Adam to Last

III The Holy Anointing Oil

II Temple Music: Meaning and Influence.

I Melchizedek in Scripture, Tradition and Liturgy

 

14 June 2014

15 June 2013

16 June 2012

2 July 2011

6 November 2010

31 October 2009

30 May 2009

8 November 2008

VIII Temple Textiles: Veils and Vestments

Symposium VIII will be held on Saturday 14 June 2014, 10am-4pm, in the King's College Chapel, London, a short distance from the Temple Church. Please note the change of venue.

Speakers:
Bruce Clark of the Economist, whose family are long-established linen manufacturers The meaning of linen in the Temple.

Dr Margaret Barker, Temple Studies Group

The blue, the purple and the scarlet. The making and meaning of the coloured fabrics in the Temple.

Bishop Geoffrey Rowell

'The barest alphabet of reverence'- vestments and Victorian ritualism.
David Gazely of Watts and Co How vestments are made today

Booking in advance is essential for administration/catering etc. Please make your payment on the day: cash or cheque: £40.00, or £5.00 for students with proof of identity. A reminder will be sent to those on the mailing list four weeks before the symposium with final details for the event. Please book by emailing the Temple Studies Group via the email link at the top of this page.

 

VII Mary and the Temple

Symposium VII was held on Saturday 15 June 2013 in the Temple Church, 10am-4pm.

Speakers:
Archbishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate of the Armenian Church in Great Britain and Ireland Mary in the Apocryphal Documents preserved in Armenian

Aidan Hart, ikon maker

Mary and the Temple in Ikons (pdf file 51KB)

Images used in the presentation (pdf file 12MB)

Prof John Hall, Brigham Young University, Utah

The Lady in the Temple before the Hebrews: Hathor of Egypt (pdf file 175KB)

Dr Margaret Barker, Temple Studies Group

The Lady known to Isaiah
VI The Temple in the Johannine Writings

Symposium VI was held on Saturday 16 June 2012 in the Temple Church, 10am-4pm.  

Speakers and papers:
Prof Robert Hayward [Durham] The Temple and the Word. Light on St John’s Gospel from the Aramaic Targumim.

 

Dr Dominic Rubin [Moscow] Russian Orthodox Cosmists on the Jewish Temple, the Divine Liturgy and the Johannine Writings.

Download (pdf 343KB)

The Rev. Robin Griffith Jones, Master of the Temple ‘One at the head and one at the feet’ (John 20.12). John’s Easter Audience attains the Edenic Holy of Holies.  
John Welch John Welch will speak about his new book The Sermon on the Mount in the Light of the Temple.

Download (pdf 334KB)

Dr Margaret Barker, Temple Studies Group First Temple Imagery in St John’s Gospel. Who were ‘the Jews?’ Download (pdf 57KB)

V The Temple Hidden in the Bible

Symposium V was held on Saturday 2 July 2011 at the Temple Church, London. Since 2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the subject was The Temple Hidden in the Bible.

Speakers and papers:
Dr Paul Joyce [Oxford] The Hidden Temple in Ezekiel  
Dr David Sheppard [Chester] Temple and Messiah in the Targum of Isaiah  
Dr Scott Mandelbrote [Cambridge] Images of the Temple in Early Printed Bibles  
Dr Margaret Barker The Temple in Kings and Chronicles Download (pdf 40KB)
Dr William Hamblin, Provo The Hidden Temple in John 17 Download (pdf 40KB)

IV The Paradisiac Temple. From First Adam to Last

The fourth Temple Studies Group Symposium was on Saturday 6 November 2010 at the Temple Church, London.
 
Speakers and papers:
Dr Margaret Barker Adam the High Priest in the Paradise Temple. Download (pdf 68KB)
Prof. Robert Hayward
(Durham)
An Aramaic Paradise. Adam and the Garden in the Jewish Aramaic Translations of Genesis.  
The Rev. Canon Dr Peter Doll
(Norwich Cathedral)
‘Where his memoriall is, there his Shecinah is’: The Reredos of the Temple Church.  
Prof. John Welch
(Provo, Utah)

Adam in the New Testament. Echoes of Eden.

 
Dr Douglas Hedley
(Cambridge)
The Temple Sacrifice.  
The Rev. Dr Laurence Hemming (Lancaster) Adam in the Liturgy.  


III The Holy Anointing Oil

The third Temple Studies Group Symposium was on Saturday 31 October 2009 in the Temple Church, London. Anointing with myrrh oil was the most holy mystery of the Jerusalem temple. It passed into Christianity and gave the faith its name. This symposium explored the temple rite and its meaning, and then looked at some of the ways in which Christians preserved the ancient tradition.

 

Speakers and papers:
Dr Margaret Barker
The Holy Oil in Temple Tradition.
Download (pdf 94KB)
Prof. John Hall The Anointing of the Gods: Sanctification and Authority from Egyptian Pharaohs to Hebrew Priest Kings and Beyond  
Archimandrite Ephrem The Holy Oil in the Orthodox Church  
The Rev. Dr Richard Price The Holy Oil in the Early Church.  
Dr Sebastian Brock The Holy Oil in Syriac Tradition Download (pdf 27KB)
The Rev. Dr Laurence Hemming The Holy Oil in Roman Catholic Tradition.  

II Temple Music: Meaning and Influence.  

30 May 2009, 10am5pm, Temple Church, London. Details of the six speakers are on the Symposium information sheet (pdf 114KB). Abstracts and other additional information or website links will appear on this site when available.

     

(Click on image to enlarge: L-R Welcome from Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple Church, Margaret Barker, Jill Purce).

 

Speakers:
Dr Margaret Barker An overview of Temple Music. Download (pdf 31KB)
Dr Crispin Fletcher Louis Temple Trumpets and the Angelic Shout  
Jill Purce Harmonics, Vowels, God and the Angels. See also: www.healingvoice.com Download abstract (pdf 33KB)
The Rev. Canon Lucy Winkett “The rest is silence”; the song of the angels in contemporary worship.  
John H. Wheeler How the Hebrew Masoretic Text preserves the vocal music of the Second Temple.  
Frederick M. Huchel The Cosmic Ring Dance of the Angels: An Early Christian Rite of the Temple. Download abstract (pdf 33KB)
László Dobszay The Origin of Christian Chant.  

I Melchizedek in Scripture, Tradition and Liturgy

8 November 2008, St Stephen's House, Oxford. The speakers were Professor Robert Hayward, Dr Crispin Fletcher Louis, Dr Laurence Hemming and Dr Margaret Barker.

Papers:
Dr Margaret Barker Who was Melchizedek and who was his God? Download
(pdf 115KB)

Dr Crispin Fletcher Louis

Melchizedek at Qumran

Download abstract
(pdf 76KB)
Professor Robert Hayward

Melchizedek as priest of the Jerusalem Temple in Talmud, Midrash and Targum

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(pdf 87KB)
Dr Laurence Hemming

Melchisedek in the Liturgy of the Western Church

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(pdf 16KB)