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Announcement: The Lady of the Temple Symposium


The Academy for Temple Studies and the Utah State University Religious Studies program announces a conference to be held on October 23, 2013, on the campus of Utah State University.  We invite you to save the date.

This conference will approach this topic from a temple perspective with biblical, archeological, liturgical and LDS components.

The speakers will include:

•Margaret Barker, well-known for her numerous books and articles on temple theology whose book called The Mother of the Lord:  The Lady in the Temple was published last year.

•Laurence Hemming, a Catholic philosopher and theologian who lives in London; an expert in early Catholic liturgy and author of numerous books and articles, including Worship as a Revelation: The Past, Present, and Future of Catholic Liturgy.

•William Dever, distinguished professor of Near Eastern Studies; has written 26 books and 350+ articles on Near Eastern archeology, and author of the book, Did God Have a Wife?

•Alyson Von Feldt, who has explored temple theology as reconstructed by Barker from an LDS perspective in her review of Dever’s Did God Have a Wife? and an analysis of the Book of Mormon, “His Secret is with the Righteous: Instructional Wisdom in the Book of Mormon.”  These can be found at the Maxwell Institute website.

• Valerie Hudson, Professor and George H. W. Bush Chair of international affairs at Texas A&M University, who is co-author of Women in Eternity, Women of Zion, a comprehensive examination of LDS doctrine concerning women.  In 2009 she was named by Foreign Policy to be one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers.

Registration for the day-long conference will be $50.00. Students with a valid student ID (not limited to USU students), will be admitted for $10.00.

Seating will be limited. You can register online at this link.

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