Jacob Judah Leon Templo (1602–1675) was a rabbi in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Middelburg.
He came into contact with Millenarian theologians in Holland. His friendship with the Dutch poet and statesman Constantijn Huygens also brought him into contact with the courts of the House of Orange and the King of England.
Partly financed by the Millenarian Adam Boreel, Templo built a model of Solomon’s Temple, which he toured around Dutch fairs and showed at the Orange court. Adam Boreel also worked with Menasseh on editions of the Mishnah.
The accompanying illustrated book, written by Templo and titled ‘Retrato del Templo de Selomoh’ (Middelburg, 1642), became so popular that it was translated into Dutch, French, Latin, German and English. Templo himself translated it into Hebrew in 1650 as Tavnit Heikhal.
Templo later added a model of the desert tabernacle to his private museum. He described this model in the Retrato del tabernaculo de Moseh (Roth Collection 563). He died in Amsterdam while making a return trip from London in order to attend the dedication ceremony of the new Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue – a building which incorporated in reality the monumental buttresses underpinning his model of the Temple mount.