Building The First Temple…Twice!

July 13 2012, 1:14pm

We recently had a very interesting discovery regarding our Model of the Temple of Solomon. Carlton Hobbs LLC The model was made in 1883 by the firm of Messrs. Bartlett, to the designs of biblical scholar Thomas Newberry. It was exhibited at The Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in 1887. Carlton Hobbs LLC   What we discovered, is that a second model of the temple exists! It belongs to the Northfield Mount Herman School, and was given to the school’s founder, Dwight Lyman Moody in 1884 by Sir William McKinnon of Scotland. D.L. Moody (1837-1899) was an American evangelist who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers. On a trip to England in the spring of 1872 he preached to tens of thousands of congregants, and came into communion with the Plymouth Bretheren, where he may have been introduced to Thomas Newberry. Moody also made a trip to Scotland, where he was a guest of Sir William McKinnon. D.L. Moody's Model of the Temple, Northfield, Massachusetts, circa 1891. Sir William McKinnon (1823-1893) was a Scottish ship-owner and businessman, with an interest in theology. He donated the  3,500-volume library of Rev. Dr. Alexander Cameron to the University of Edinburgh in 1889, and founded the Free Church of Scotland East Africa Mission in 1891. McKinnon was also a devotee of Newberry’s writings; a copy of  “The Englishman’s Bible” (for sale with Adjala Bookshop of Ontario, Canada in 2009) contained a typed note stating that the volume was, ”Presented to me by Sir William Mackinnon, Bart, of Balnakill, Argyllshire, Scotland, 1887,” supporting McKinnon’s habit of making gifts to those with which he shared theological interests. The Northfield Temple in situ in the library, circa 1989. The Northfield School records indicate that Sir William also had a model made for the University of Edinburgh, and we are currently looking into whether the Edinburgh model was the same one used in the Anglo-Jewish exhibition, now our collection. We also hope to shed more light on the connections between Thomas Newberry, D.L. Moody and Sir William McKinnon.