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Revd Robin Griffith-Jones

Reader in New Testament Studies


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: the first bore fruit in The Temple Church, London, eds R. Griffith-Jones and D Park (Boydell, 2013); the second in Tomb & Temple: Re-imagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem, eds R. Griffith-Jones and E. Fernie (Boydell, 2018)


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. 

Robin speaks and writes regularly on the role of the Temple and the Temple Church in the evolution of Common Law since Magna Carta (negotiated in the Temple, 1214-5); most recently, Magna Carta, 1215-2015, ed R. Griffith-Jones (Temple Church, 2015) and R. Griffith-Jones, William Marshal: the Greatest Knight that ever lived (Pitkin, 2019).  

Robin wrote and presented Something Understood on BBC Radio 4 on Easter Day 2107, Easter Day 2018 and Advent 4, 2018.