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X The Temple and Heavenly Ascents
IX The Presence of the LORD
in the Temple
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

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.

Details of forthcoming and past symposia can be found by following the links on this page, with abstracts, papers or presentation notes where available.

Summer Symposia 2018

Hitherto, TSG has been dedicated to the development of scholarship in this field. From 2018, however, we are able to resource local churches wishing to explore the spiritual landscape of the First Temple, which was so fundamental to Jesus and the Early Church.

The full-day symposia ‘The Faithful remnant as the True Temple ‘ will be:

  • Saturday 21 April 2018 at St Oswald’s Church, Warton, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9PG
  • Saturday 16 June 2018 at St Michael’s Church, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XU
  • Saturday 11 August 2018 at Borrowash Methodist Church, near Derby, DE72 3HT

The 2018 local symposia will be taster days for Temple Theology.

We live in a time of widespread ignorance of Christianity, declining church membership and general disenchantment.  In particular there is a lack of knowledge of Christianity’s fundamental visionary and mystical elements.  We are often too bewildered to be able to respond.

Temple Theology enables us to restore to their original setting a number of key concepts, which sound familiar but are often not well understood: the Messiah, divine Sonship, covenant, atonement, resurrection, incarnation, the Second Coming, the Kingdom of God.

Many have been astonished by the insights of Temple Theology which restore Christianity to its original context and spirituality.  


Arrival from 9.30

Start prompt at 10.00

Introduction: What we have lost?

Temple Studies part 1. Dr Margaret Barker


Temple Studies part 2. .Dr Margaret Barker

Discussions and plenary ‘Living as the true Temple’.

Close 4.30pm.

Each of the three local days will be broadly similar, but there will be local participants invited for the first and last sessions, and those speakers will be advertised locally.

Cost for the day £15.00.  

Tea, coffee, cold drinks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch, although the host churches may be willing to sell light lunches. Watch this site for information.

Book via the email link at the top of this website, remembering to state for which symposium you are booking.

Members of the three host churches will be able to book via their local contact.

Advance booking is essential as there will be teaching materials.  Pay on arrival, cash or cheques only.


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