“The Temple on Mount Zion Conference” will be held at the Provo Public Library on 22 September 2012.
This conference was originally organized by Matthew Brown before his untimely passing. The conference focuses on LDS conceptions of ancient and modern Temple theology as reflected in the Bible and LDS scripture.
Admission to the conference is free, but seating is limited to about 300. During the lunch hour you can bring a bag lunch to eat in conference room, or visit some of the restaurants around Center St. and University Ave, a few blocks south of the library. The underground garage at the library is available for parking, but cars must be out at 6 pm.
The Temple on Mount Zion
Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 9:15 am – 5:30 pm
3rd floor Ballroom, Provo Public Library,
550 North University Avenue, Provo, Utah 84601
“Welcome and Opening Prayer”
“In Memoriam Matthew Brown”
“Creation and Temple”
Creation as Model for Adam and Eve as Co-Creators. The creation stories in the scriptures contain many links with temple theology and ritual. Within these links we explore how these narratives describe God as creator, and the essential elements of how he creates. In particular we explore how God created Adam and Eve and gave them the responsibility of both caring for his creation as well as becoming, primarily through procreation, co-creators with God by following the model that he gave them as creator.
“The Ark and the Tent: Temple Symbolism in the Story of Noah”
It has long been recognized that the story of Noah recapitulates the stories of the Creation, the Garden, and the Fall of Adam and Eve. What has been generally under appreciated by modern scholarship, however, is the nature and depth of the relationship between these stories and the liturgy and layout of temples, not only in Israel but also throughout the ancient Near East. And this relationship goes two ways. Not only have accounts of primeval history been included as a significant part of ancient temple worship, but also, in striking abundance, themes echoing temple architecture, furnishings, ritual, and covenants have been deeply woven into the scripture stories themselves. To the extent that the biblical accounts of the Creation, the Garden, and the Fall are re-played in the story of Noah, one might expect similar temple themes to recur.
“Edfu and Exodus”
The best known copy of the so-called "Book of the Temple" is the bandeau inscription from the Edfu temple. It compares well with the book of Exodus in the Bible, providing both a historical prologue and a detailed description of the temple. The Edfu inscription provides valuable insight since it is actually engraven on the temple it describes and thus enables a comparison between the ideal temple and the real one. The intent of this paper, however, is to discuss the parallels in the two accounts, in outline and form and thus highlight some facets of the temple in the ancient Near East.
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“The Divine Handclasp in the Hebrew Bible and in Ancient Near Eastern Iconography”
A handclasp exchanged between God and his human servant is mentioned in at least ten biblical passages (possibly more, depending on interpretation). This gesture has been understood in various ways: as a means of assumption into eternal life, as an induction into the divine council, as part of a coronation ritual, as a figurative reference to divine aid, or as some combination of these. Divine handclasps are also depicted in ancient Near Eastern art, including that of Egypt. In this paper, I propose a reconstruction of the gesture’s form based on details described in the biblical passages and on connections with iconographic sources. I then explore how an understanding of the gesture’s form impacts the interpretation of the passages in which the gesture is mentioned.
“Ancient Sacred Vestments: Scriptural Symbols and Meanings”
When high priests and priests served in the temple, they wore holy vestments, which were an integral part of the temple setting. Sacred vestments have a number of symbols and meanings: 1. Putting on sacred vestments is related to putting on Christ and his holiness. 2. Sacred vestments carry with them symbolisms that point to the blessings of the atonement. 3. Sacred vestments represent the person who wears them. 4. When mortal worshippers wear sacred vestments, they are imitating celestial beings, including God, angels, and redeemed souls, who all wear sacred clothing. 5. Sacred vestments anticipate the resurrection, when we will be clothed with an immortal body. 6. The Hebrew root kaphar not only means “to atone” but it also denotes “to cover.”
You can bring a sack lunch and eat in the conference rooms, or lunch is available at restaurants around Center Street and University.
“Job: An LDS Reading”
Abstract: In response to questions arising within God, Job, described as blameless and upright, is thrust from idyllic circumstances into a dark realm of bitter experience. Three "friends" unwittingly press Satan's case, attempting to convince Job to admit guilt. Job, however, holds on, searching for God's face and progressing toward a transformed understanding of God and man, which is brought to strongest expression in four great revelatory insights received by Job. Finally, Job commits himself to God and man with selfimprecating oaths. After withstanding a final challenge from Elihu/Satan, Job speaks with God at the veil and enters God's presence. Many points of contact with the temple support the thesis that the book of Job is a literary analogue of the endowment ritual.
“From Dust to Exalted Crown: Royal and Temple Themes Common to the Psalms and the Dead Sea Scrolls “
Those Psalms designated by scholars as “royal” have often been interpreted messianically and eschatologically, and are often understood to be associated with the cult of the ancient Israelite temple. Quotations from, allusions to, and themes drawn from the Royal Psalms can Temple Mount Zion Conference, Abstracts 3 Aug 17, 12 be found abundantly among some of the texts recovered from the Qumran library. Many of the non-canonical psalms and similar literature that have been discovered, including the Hodayot (Thanksgiving Hymns), clearly draw on the Royal Psalms and emphasize what we may recognize as “temple” themes drawing on Psalms 18 and 89. In this paper, I will seek to demonstrate that the Qumran authors placed themselves and their community in the place of the royal figure of these biblical Psalms and envisioned for themselves the deliverance and exaltation promised to the Davidic kings and their posterity through the rites of the royal temple cult.