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 Latter-day Saint scripture and temple worship.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

News and Events

Two New Volumes of the “Temple on Mount Zion” Series in preparation

The 2016 proceedings is scheduled for publication in the first half of 2020, and the 2018 proceedings for late 2020.

Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, eds. Sacred Time, Sacred Space, and Sacred Meaning. Proceedings of the Third Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, The Temple on Mount Zion (5 November 2016). Temple on Mount Zion Series 4. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2020, in press.

Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, eds. Proceedings of the Fifth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, The Temple on Mount Zion (10 November 2018). Temple on Mount Zion Series 5. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2020, in preparation.

Lecture 1 for the “Ultimate Interpreter Foundation Egypt Tour,” Cruise Lady “Learn our Religion” Series

This lecture is in preparation for the upcoming “Ultimate Interpreter Foundation Egypt Tour” scheduled for November 20-30, 2020. Guides for this tour will be Hany Tawfeek (the top Egyptian guide), John Gee (BYU Egyptologist), and Daniel C. Peterson (BYU professor of Islamic Studies, Interpreter Foundation president). For more information, see https://www.cruiselady.com/tours/ultimate-egypt-2020/

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Can modern scholarship tell us anything about the plagues and the Exodus?
Where: Jordan Event Center, 9112 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah (behind the Cruise Lady office)
When: April 29, 2020
Additional details: https://www.cruiselady.com/learn-our-religion/ (Advance reservation required, 801-453-9444 or 888-707-4386)

Book of Moses Insights on Enoch

Prior to the May 1-2, 2020 conference on the Book of Moses, Book of Mormon Central will launch its Book of Moses website with a series of “Insights” articles on Enoch (Moses 6-7). Additional Insight articles for the rest of the Book of Moses will appear throughout 2020.

Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Conference

In this conference, presenters will discuss new research findings relating to ancient threads in the Book of Moses. Both scripture specialists and lay members of the Church will benefit from a new look into the heart of one of the most remarkable religious documents of the Restoration. Sponsored by The Interpreter Foundation (Jeffrey M. Bradshaw), BYU Department of Ancient Scripture (David R. Seely), and Book of Mormon Central (John W. Welch). Presenters will include May 1: Elder Bruce C. Hafen and Sister Mari K. Hafen; May 2: Matthew L. Bowen, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David Calabro, Terryl L. Givens, Jeff Lindsay, Jared Ludlow, Noel Reynolds, John W. Welch.

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David J. Larsen, and Stephen T. Whitlock, “The Heavenly Ascent of Moses 1 as a Prelude to a Temple Text”
Where: Brigham Young University, 251 Tanner Building
When: May 1, 2020, 7:00 PM; May 2, 2020, 9:00 AM

Lecture 2 for the “Ultimate Interpreter Foundation Egypt Tour,” Cruise Lady “Learn our Religion” Series

This lecture is in preparation for the upcoming “Ultimate Interpreter Foundation Egypt Tour” scheduled for November 20-30, 2020. Guides for this tour will be Hany Tawfeek (the top Egyptian guide), John Gee (BYU Egyptologist), and Daniel C. Peterson (BYU professor of Islamic Studies, Interpreter Foundation president). For more information, see https://www.cruiselady.com/tours/ultimate-egypt-2020/

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, What might we learn from Egyptian sources about the Exodus and the Tabernacle?
Where: Jordan Event Center, 9112 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah (behind the Cruise Lady office)
When: August 6, 2020
Additional details: https://www.cruiselady.com/learn-our-religion/ (Advance reservation required, 801-453-9444 or 888-707-4386)

Witnesses Conference

This Interpreter Foundation conference will celebrate the forthcoming release of a full-length theatrical film and a separate documentary focused on the witnesses of the Book of Mormon.

Where: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
When: Fall 2020 (tentative)
Additional details: https://witnessesfilm.com

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

The next Temple on Mount Zion Conference will be held in late 2020. As usual this promises to be an inspiring and informative event.

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and Nathan Richardson, Teaching our families about the temple
Where: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
When: October/November 2020

Resources for Teaching about the Temple

The Interpreter Foundation is in the planning stages for this conference aimed at parents and families. More information will be forthcoming.

Where: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
When: Spring 2021 (tentative)

2021 Sidney B. Sperry Symposium

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and Matthew L. Bowen, The Book of Ruth: A Remarkable Confluence of Covenants and Compassion at the Crossroad of History (in review)
Where: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
When: October 2021 (tentative)
Additional details: https://rsc.byu.edu/conferences/sperry

New, updated, and upcoming publications

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. and Ryan Dahle. “Could Joseph Smith have drawn on ancient manuscripts when he translated the story of Enoch? Recent updates on a persistent question (4 October 2019).” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 33 (2019): 305-73. https://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/could-joseph-smith-have-drawn-on-ancient-manuscripts-when-he-translated-the-story-of-enoch-recent-updates-on-a-persistent-question/. (accessed October 23, 2019). PDF

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. and Matthew L. Bowen “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. In Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, eds. Sacred Time, Sacred Space, and Sacred Meaning. Proceedings of the Third Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, The Temple on Mount Zion (5 November 2016). Temple on Mount Zion Series 4. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2020, pp. 43-239. PDF

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. and Ryan Dahle. Review of Colby Townsend’s “Returning to the Sources.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scripture, in review.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., David J. Larsen, and Stephen T. Whitlock. "Moses 1 and the Apocalypse of Abraham: Twin Sons of Different Mothers?” BYU Studies, in review.

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

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. and Stephen T. Whitlock (eds.), Hugh Nibley Observed, in preparation.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. and Stephen T. Whitlock (eds.), Uncollected Works of Hugh Nibley, in preparation.