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The Revd Robin Griffith-Jones

Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies

Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Room 3.43, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE


The Revd Robin Griffith-Jones  is also Master of the Temple at the Temple Church (Church of England), off Fleet Street. He was previously Chaplain at Lincoln College Oxford and Director of Studies in Theology at Exeter College, Oxford. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • New Testament
  • Theology in Western Art
  • Islam in contemporary Britain

The principle area of Robin’s research is the New Testament, in particular the revelatory, mystagogic or transformative character of some of its texts.  Robin has also run two conferences with The Courtauld Institute of Art on round churches such as the Temple Church where he serves as Master of the Temple. He is discussing with publishers the papers of the second such conference, 2013. His long-term project on Islam and English Law, in collaboration with some of the lawyers based in the Temple, bore fruit in a book from CUP in 2013 and continues. 

Selected publications
  • The Four Witnesses (San Francisco: Harper, 2000)
  • The Gospel according to Paul (San Francisco: Harper, 2004)
  • Mary Magdalene (Norwich: SCM, 2008); in the USA, Beloved Disciple (San Francisco: Harper One, 2008)
  • The Temple Church: History, Architecture, Decoration (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2010), co-author and co-editor
  • Islam and English Law: Rights, Responsibilities and the Place of Sharia, editor and co-author (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Robin lectures (with Professor Taylor and Dr Adams) on the New Testament and (with Professor Quash) on the iconography and theology of Western art. 

Expertise and public engagement

Robin’s work on Islam and English Law (launched with the lecture on sharia law in England by the former Archbishop of Canterbury) continues in an ongoing engagement with the challenge to ensure that all our citizens genuinely enjoy the protection of English law and the English courts.  A King's/Temple Church Conference, ‘Free and Equal under the Law’ on Magna Carta’s principles and the benefits they bring to today’s UK religions, will be held in the Temple, 07 June 2014, with publication of the papers sought for early 2015. 

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