David J. Larsen, after showing how many of the Qumran texts rely on the “Royal Psalms” in the Bible—which have a vital connection to the temple drama—then goes on to exaltation in the views of the Qumran community. He indicates how Adam and Eve are archetypal for Israelite temple ritual, which makes humans kings and priests, bringing the participant into the presence of God by a journey accompanied with covenants, making him part of the Divine Council. Bestowed with knowledge of the divine mysteries, one then becomes a teacher helping others on the way through divine mysteries, who then, as a group are raised to the same end. It is, Larsen shows, a journey where one is dressed in royal and priestly robes and receives a crown of righteousness, in a ritual setting.
|Presented at:||The 2012 Temple on Mount Zion Conference
Saturday, September 22, 2012
|Article Reprint:||“From Dust to Exalted Crown: Royal and Temple Themes Common to the Psalms and the Dead Sea Scrolls” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 45 (2021): 251-262
|Conference Proceedings:||Temple Insights at https://interpreterfoundation.org/books/temple-insights/|