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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FairMormon Conference in Darmstadt, Germany
Jeff will be presenting on the topic of “Science and Genesis” at an upcoming FairMormon Conference in Germany.
When: June 4–5, 2015
Where: Darmstadt, Germany
Other speakers include:
Terryl and Fiona Givens on The Crucible of Doubt
Sharon Eubank on Women and the Church
Brian and Laura Hales on Polygamy
Scott Gordon on Masonry and the Temple
Matt Grow on the First Vision
Rene Krywalt (from Austria) on Mormon baptism vs. other Christian baptisms
John Gee on the Book of Abraham
Dan Peterson on Evidences of the Book of Mormon
Ulrich Ruckauer on Joseph Smith's prophecies concerning Germany
Brother Konietz on Joseph Smith and Polygamy in German Church Published Media
Presentation and Panel Featuring Rick Potts, Director of the Smithsonian “Hall of Human Origins”
At a recent meeting on Science and Religion sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Rick Potts agreed to participate in an Interpreter-sponsored event in conjunction with the event in Cedar City they are sponsoring in October. More details soon.
When: October 2015
Where: Provo, Utah
Science and Mormonism 2: Body, Brain, Mind, and Spirit
This is the second in a series of Science and Mormonism symposia sponsored by The Interpreter Foundation. The all-day event will be keynoted by Guy Consolmagno, the Vatican astronomer and recent recipient of the Carl Sagan award. Other presenters confirmed to date include Camille Stilson Williams, James E. Faulconer, Jeff Bradshaw, John M. Butler, and Samuel M. Brown.
When: March 12, 2016
Where: Provo, Utah
A new article entitled “Freemasonry and the Origins of Modern Temple Ordinances” will be published in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture on June 5, 2015.
Two chapters were recently published in books on temple topics by The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books:
Bradshaw, J.M. “‘Standing in the Holy Place’: Ancient and Modern Reverberations of an Enigmatic New Testament Prophecy.” In Ancient Temple Worship: Proceedings of the Expound Symposium, 14 May 2011, edited by Matthew B. Brown, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Stephen D. Ricks, and John S. Thompson. Temple on Mount Zion Series 1, 71-142. Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2014.
Bradshaw, J.M. “The Ark and the Tent: Temple Symbolism in the Story of Noah.” In Temple Insights: Proceedings of the Interpreter Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference ‘The Temple on Mount Zion,’ 22 September 2012, edited by William J. Hamblin and David Rolph Seely. Temple on Mount Zion Series 2, 25-66. Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2014.
Progress continues on the following upcoming books and articles:
Bailey, David, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, John S. Lewis, and Michael R. Stark. Science and Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth and Man. Science and Mormonism Series 1. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, forthcoming.
Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Temple Themes in the Symbols of the Priesthood. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, forthcoming.
Bradshaw, J.M. “What did Joseph Smith know about temple ordinances by 1836?” In Proceedings of the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Symposium. Salt Lake City: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2015, forthcoming.
Brown, Matthew B. and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. The Throne of God. American Fork and Orem, UT: Covenant Communications and The Interpreter Foundation, forthcoming.
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