Temple Themes in the Scriptures
by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw
Allusions to temple themes can be found throughout the scriptures, but it is not always easy to recognize them. Efforts have been made to bridge this gap through books that explain the meaning of specific symbols used in scripture and temple worship. However, most of us not only struggle with the meaning of individual concepts and symbols, but also—and perhaps more crucially—in understanding how these concepts and symbols fit together as a whole system. The symbols and concepts of the temple are best understood, not in isolation, but within the full context of temple teachings to which they belong.
My purpose is to explore ancient and modern perspectives that seem to shed light on the meaning and significance of LDS scripture and temple worship.
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BYU-Idaho University ForumAssistive Systems: Technologies that help people do, sense, and think
One of the central research themes of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) is "assistive systems" - technologies that help people do, sense, and think. From advanced NASA space rovers to robotic assistants, from robotic legs for the disabled to devices that allow the blind to see through their tongue, and from advanced visualization to software agents that help analysts make sense of complex, high-tempo cyber events, Bradshaw will describe how researchers at IHMC increase human performance through technological innovations.More information may be found here on the BYU-I forum page.
BYU Campus Education WeekEnoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel
This four-part class will be an in-depth study of the lives and missions of Enoch and Noah, based on the teachings of the Pearl of Great Price and modern prophets. The prominence of temple themes in these accounts will be emphasized, and striking parallels to modern revelation found in writings from the ancient Near East will be described. We will also discuss the story of the Tower of Babel in its biblical and ancient Near East setting, and will explore how lessons from the stories of Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel apply to the Saints in our day.
2013 Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on the Old TestamentThe Tree of Life as the Veil of the Sanctuary
Consistent with recent scholarship that sees the Garden of Eden as a temple prototype, Ephrem the Syrian, a fourth-century bishop, called the Tree of Knowledge "the veil for the sanctuary." He pictured Eden as a great mountain, with the Tree of Knowledge providing an inner boundary partway up the slopes. The Tree of Knowledge, Ephrem concluded, "acts as a sanctuary curtain [i.e., a veil] hiding the Holy of Holies which is the Tree of Life higher up." In this presentation, we will show how this ancient perspective sheds light on the nature of the two special trees in the Garden of Eden and the story of Adam and Eve’s transgression.
As of March 7, 2012, a new book in the Temple Themes series, entitled Temple Themes in the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood, is available for purchase in several formats, softback and digital. For more information on the book, see here, or visit the store for information on where to purchase it.
A series of excerpts from the book was published online through Meridian Magazine. The first segment can be seen here.