The Temple of Jerusalem was not only the focal point of the religious, social and political life of the ancient Israelites – it stood for the covenant between God and the chosen people, and, ultimately, between God and the entire creation. It was primarily the covenant of peace and, as such, the Temple tradition would remain relevant for the other two major monotheistic religions: Christianity and Islam.
 
Dr. Margaret Barker is a British theologian. She studied theology at the University of Cambridge, after which she has devoted her life to research in ancient Christianity. She has developed an approach to biblical studies known as Temple Theology. She was president of the Society for Old Testament Study. In July 2008 she was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
 

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