Temple Themes in the Scriptures

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.

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Santa Barbara Temple Studies Symposium

Michael Gunson is organizing the next Santa Barbara Temple Studies Symposium. Jeff has been inited to join Wendy Ulrich, Alonzo Gaskill, John W. Welch, and a member of the Mormon Studies faculty at University of California Santa Barbara.

Title: The Book of Ruth as a Temple Allegory
Where: University of California Santa Barbara
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference: The Temple on Mount Zion

Stephen Ricks is organizing the next Temple on Mount Zion Conference. Jeff is currently collaborating with Samuel Zinner on some new material relating to Moses 1 and the Apocalypse of Abraham that may be the subject of his presentation.

Where: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
When: Saturday, November 10, 2018

B’nai Shalom Fireside

Jeff has been invited to give a presentation at a B’nai Shalom Fireside. For more on B’nai Shalom, see https://www.mormonsandjews.org/

Title: The Book of Ruth as a Temple Allegory
Where: Seattle, Washington
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018

Interpreter Birthday Celebration 2018

On 4 August 2018, Jeff has been invited to share a personal perspective on his service with his wife Kathleen in the DR Congo Kinshasa mission at the Interpreter Birthday Celebration. Details of the event forthcoming.

Title: Missionary Service in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective
When: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 5:00 PM

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Study KnoWhys

At the invitation of Meridian Magazine, I’ll be writing a weekly series on personal study questions relating to each week’s Gospel Doctrine Old Testament lesson topic. Taking a cue from Book of Mormon Central’s superb Book of Mormon KnoWhy series (Link) these brief essays each address the details of a specific question (“Know”) and then conclude with a view on its significance (“Why”). You can find them at Meridian or here on the publications page.

FAIRMormon Conference 2018

FairMormon has sponsored an annual conference each year since 1999. Thousands of people have come to our conference to listen to scholars and professionals discuss matters of interest related to the defense of the faith. Each participant comes with a unique perspective on history, science, archaeology, philosophy, or theology, and all come with a desire to help defend the gospel and share evidences of its truth.

As part of the conference, Jeff has been invited to share stories and photos from their full-time mission illustrating the growth of the Church in the politically and socially turbulent Democratic Republic of Congo, both institutionally and in the lives of individual members as they prepare for the upcoming dedication of the first temple in French-speaking Central Africa.

When: August 1–2, 2018
Where: Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, Utah

Title: Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo
When: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 1:00 PM

Conference registration required.
Additional details at https://www.fairmormon.org/conference/august-2018

Matthew L. Bowen’s new book: Name as Key-Word

I’m very happy to see Matthew L. Bowen’s collection of essays on wordplay in the Book of Mormon reach the final stages of publication. His essays stimulated my thinking in this Foreword on translation and interpretation as they relate to the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith and our challenging role as readers of the challenging riches of modern scripture. This volume of Matt’s groundbreaking research is destined to become a classic.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Foreword. In Matthew L. Bowen. Name as Key-Word: Collected Essays on Onomastic Wordplay and the Temple in Mormon Scripture. Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2018, ix–xliv. In press. PDF

Joseph Smith: American Prophet

This near-complete remake of Lee Groberg’s award-winning 1999 documentary had its PBS premiere in Utah on General Conference Sunday, 1 October 2017. Jeff was interviewed by the film crew last April during a visit to Utah.

Portions of Jeff’s interview were used in the DVD bonus features on plural marriage and Freemasonry. In addition, Lee Groberg has kindly permitted the posting of addtional footage from the interview which is available at these links: Mormons and Masonry | Honesty and Accuracy in Journal-Keeping | Plural Marriage | Martyrdom

Those interested in a French-subtitled version of the documentary should contact Jeff who, with Groberg’s generous permission, prepared such a version based on a superb translation by LDS scholar Marcel Kahne.

New, updated, and upcoming publications

Links to several new publications and presentations have been added to the publication page on this site. Progress continues on the following upcoming books and articles:

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Presentations on missionary work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa).
Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo. Presentation at the 2018 FairMormon Conference. Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, Utah, 2 August 2018. Video

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Faith, hope, and charity: The “three principal rounds” of the ladder of heavenly ascent. In “To Seek the Law of the Lord”: Essays in Honor of John W. Welch, eds. Paul Y. Hoskisson and Daniel C. Peterson. Orem, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, 2017, pp. 59–112. PDF

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. and Bowen, Matthew L. “By the Blood Ye Are Sanctified”: The Symbolic, Salvific, Interrelated, Additive, Retrospective, and Anticipatory Nature of the Ordinances of Spiritual Rebirth in John 3 and Moses 6. Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 24, 24 March 2017, pp. 123–315. Link PDF PDF (Finnish translation by Pertti Felin) PDF (Finnish endnotes) Video Audio. Also to appear in Stephen D. Ricks, ed. Proceedings of the 2016 Temple on Mount Zion Symposium. Temple on Mount Zion Series 4. Salt Lake City: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2017, in preparation.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Temple Themes in the Keys and Symbols of the Priesthood. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, in preparation.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Temas del templo en el libro de Moisés. (Spanish edition of Temple Themes in the Book of Moses.) Translated by Daniel Plata. Salt Lake City, UT: Eborn Books, 2015. PDF

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. The future isn’t what it used to be: Artificial Intelligence meets natural stupidity. In Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. and David H. Bailey, eds. Body, Brain, Mind, and Spirit. Science and Mormonism Series 2. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, in preparation.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “A church with one member”: The religious art of James T. Harwood, in preparation.

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