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.

For information on how to purchase my books, please visit the link entitled "Store" on the left. If you have any questions, please contact me.


Upcoming Presentations:


BYU Campus Education Week

"The Creation, the Fall, and the Lives of Adam and Eve"

Date: 19-22 August 2014, 12:30 PM-1:25 PM
Place: 206 Martin Building (MARB) (map)
Advance Registration Required
  • Tuesday: The Vision of Moses as a Heavenly Ascent
  • Wednesday: Creation and Eden as Models of Temple Architecture
  • Thursday: The Fall: God's Wisdom Prevails Over Satan's Deception
  • Friday: Adam, Eve, and the New and Everlasting Covenant
  • For more information on BYU Campus Education Week, visit the official page by clicking here.

    Temple on Mount Zion Conference

    "What Did Joseph Smith Know about the LDS Endowment by 1836?"

    Date: 25 October 2014
    Place: BYU (details forthcoming)
    For more information about the second Temple on Mount Zion Conference, go here.

    New/updated publications:


    The first edition of Jeff Bradshaw and David Larsen's book, In God's Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel, is now available! The beautiful hardcover book wraps up the final chapters and stories of the Book of Moses and continues through the end of Genesis 11. Read more about the book here, or head straight over to the excerpts page to see a chapter on the Tower of Babel and more. You can order the book here at FairMormon (currently discounted 15%) or here on Amazon.

    Also, a new two-volume softcover printing of IGIL 1 is now available on Amazon, with a slightly different title: In God's Image and Likeness 1: Creation, Fall, and the Story of Adam and Eve. This edition can be purchased here. The content has been updated in several places and the formatting has been refined, while keeping the page numbers consistent with the hardcover edition. Unlike the previous four-volume softcover edition, the page numbering is continuous from vol. 1 to vol. 2. It is also full size (8.5" x 11") rather than reduced size (8" x 10"). The retail price for the two-volume set is $59.95.

    Jeff has also squeezed in some major updates to two of his other books: Temple Themes in the Book of Moses (2014 edition) has been expanded from 380 to 423 pages, with corrections and updates throughout and the addition of two appendices: ("Paul on Women's Veiling of the Face in Prayer" and "Covenants vs. Contracts"), and Temple Themes in the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood (2014 edition) has been expanded from 198 to 220 pages, also with various corrections and updates. The latter's appendix "Questions about Genesis and the Book of Moses" has additional material relating to questions about the documentary hypothesis, the historicity of the Old Testament, whether or not the Book of Moses can be appropriately characterized as "inspired pseudepigrapha," and whether or not it can be safely concluded that Moses chapters 1, 6, and 7 have no basis in antiquity.

    While the softcover editions are black and white only due to publishing constraints, all PDFs have been updated to the latest content, along with full color interiors. Those that purchased PDFs of previous editions are eligible to download the updated PDF(s); just download using the link you received at the time of the original purchase, or contact Jeff directly if you can't find it or have any troubles downloading.

    Feel free to leave feedback for the author to let him know your thoughts!