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The Temple: Symbols, Sermons, and Settings

Proceedings of the Fourth Interpreter Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference
“The Temple on Mount Zion,” 10 November 2018

Temple on Mount Zion Series 5

Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (eds.)

Published by The Interpreter Foundation, Orem Utah in cooperation with Eborn Books, Salt Lake City, Utah

The temple is central to Latter-day Saint worship. Through modern revelation Joseph Smith restored the ancient tradition of temples and the ordinances performed therein. Studies of ancient temples can shed much light on latter-day temples and temple worship.

Several years ago Latter-day Saint scholar Matthew Brown planned a conference entitled The Temple on Mount Zion and began to invite the participants. Matthew Brown loved the temple and temple worship and studied and published on ancient and modern temples. His interests and knowledge were vast. When Matthew passed away very unexpectedly in 2011, his friends decided to organize a series of conferences in his memory. This volume, the fifth in the series, contains proceedings from the fourth conference held in his memory 10 November 2018 and reflects many of the topics that Matthew loved, centered on the theme of the temple: symbols, sermons, and settings.

The purpose of the book series is to increase understanding and appreciation of temple rituals and doctrines, and to encourage participation in the redeeming work of family history and temple worship.

Videos of the presentations at the conference are available here.

Eborn Books

Table of Contents

  • Jesus’ First Visit to the Temple – S. Kent Brown
  • On Earth When It Was in Heaven: Sacred Time and its Protection in Egyptian Temples – Kerry Muhlestein
  • Recovering the Language of Purity after the First Revolt – Thomas Wayment
  • “They Shall Be Joined unto Thee”: Levi, Levites, and the Importance of Joinings in Temple Settings – Matthew L Bowen
  • Truth and Beauty in the Book of Moses – Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
  • Bearing Testimony in Hebrew – Ryan Davis
  • The Symbolism of the Cupped Hand in Ancient Egypt and Israel: Iconography, Text, and Artifact – Stephen O. Smoot
  • Consecration and Sacrilege in Early Rabbinic Judaism – Avram Shannon
  • “Fixed and Immovable”: Joseph Smith and the Eternal Nature of the Priesthood – Matt Roper
  • ““Put Off Thy Shoes from Off Thy Feet”: Sandals and Sacred Space – John Gee


About the Editors

Stephen D. Ricks is Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning at Brigham Young University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1981. He has served as president and chairman of the board of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and has published extensively on the ancient temple.

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). His religious writings have focused on the Book of Moses, Genesis, and temples in the ancient Near East. He is a vice president of the Interpreter Foundation.

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