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The Temple: Plates, Patterns, & Patriarchs
Proceedings of the Seventh Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference
Edited by Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

The Temple: Plates, Patterns, & Patriarchs

Proceedings of the Sixth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference

Temple on Mount Zion Series 7

4–5 November 2022

Edited by Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Published by The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books

Available Fall, 2024

“THE ANCIENT HEBREWS did not believe that the temple concept originated in the time of Moses. Rather, they taught that temple rituals and doctrines originated with Adam and were handed down among the biblical patriarchs. This is precisely what the Prophet Joseph Smith tried to teach the world during the early 1800s, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal and has been on the earth since the beginning.”

— Matthew B. Brown, The Gate of Heaven

Table of Contents

  • The Sacred and the Temple in Ancient Christianity — C. Wilfred Griggs
  • The Lead Books — Margaret Barker
  • Comments on Margaret Barker’s Presentation — Samuel Zinner
  • She Took the Veil and Covered Herself — T. K. Plant
  • Temple Themes in the Book of Abraham — Stephen O. Smoot
  • The Cosmic Temple of Divine Names: Sapiential, Nomistic, and Numerical Properties — Samuel Zinner
  • Qumran Reflections on the Coming Messiah and the “True Service” of the Temple — David J. Larsen
  • Jacob’s Temple Journey to Haran and Back — Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and Matthew L. Bowen
  • “Eastward” in Genesis 2–4: An Exercise in Visual Discovery — Rebecca Stay
  • From Jared to Jacob: The Motif of Divine Ascensus and Descensus in Genesis, the Book of Moses, and the Enochic Tradition — Matthew L. Bowen and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
  • Temples beyond Jerusalem — Stephen D. Ricks
  • Ancient Israelite Temple Ritual through the Telescope of Restoration Scripture — David Calabro
  • “That I May Lift Up My Eyes”: Bartimaeus as a Temple Petitioner before the Veil — Spencer Kraus
  • How Luke’s Gospel Portrays Jesus as the Exodus or Way of the Temple — John S. Thompson

About the Editors


Stephen D. Ricks completed his BA in Ancient Greek and MA in the Classics at Brigham Young University, and then received his PhD in ancient Near Eastern religions from the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union. While completing his doctoral work he spent two years studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is now professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning at Brigham Young University where he has been a member of the faculty for nearly thirty years.

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (PhD, Cognitive Science, University of Washington) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida ( His professional writings have explored a wide range of topics in human and machine intelligence ( Jeff has been the recipient of several awards and patents and has been an adviser for initiatives in science, defense, space, industry, and academia worldwide. Jeff has written detailed commentaries on the Book of Moses, Genesis, and on temple themes in the scriptures. For Church-related publications, see

Jeff was a missionary in France and Belgium from 1975 to 1977, and his family has returned twice to live in France. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four children and sixteen grandchildren. From July 2016-September 2019, Jeff and Kathleen served missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa Mission office and the DR Congo Kinshasa Temple. They currently live in Nampa, Idaho. As a church service missionary for the Church History Department, Jeff is writing histories of temples in Africa, and for Interpreter is the documenting selected episodes in the history of the Church in Africa on film (

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