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

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. Available here

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.

Book of Moses Insights on Enoch

Book of Mormon Central has launched 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 and 2021. See https://www.pearlofgreatpricecentral.org, https://interpreterfoundation.org/book-of-moses-insights/.

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), Book of Mormon Central (John W. Welch), and FairMormon (Scott Gordon). Participants will include May 1: Elder Bruce C. Hafen and Sister Marie K. Hafen; May 2: Matthew L. Bowen, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David Calabro, Ryan Dahle, Terryl L. Givens, David J. Larsen, Jeff Lindsay, Jared Ludlow, Noel Reynolds, Stephen O. Smoot, John W. Welch, Stephen T. Whitlock.

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David J. Larsen, and Stephen T. Whitlock, “Moses 1 and the Apocalypse of Abraham: Twin Sons of Different Mothers?”
Where: Brigham Young University, 251 Tanner Building
When: September 18, 2020, 7:00 PM; September 19, 2020, 9:00 AM
Additional details: https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/2020-book-of-moses-conference/
A second Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses is scheduled for April 23–24, 2021. Richard L. Bushman has agreed to give the keynote speech.

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

The next Temple on Mount Zion Conference will be held on November 7, 2020. As usual this promises to be an inspiring and informative event.

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and Matthew L. Bowen, “Made Stronger Than Many Waters”: The Names of Moses as Keywords in the Heavenly Ascent of Moses
Where: Free Live Streaming Event
When: November 7, 2020
Additional details: https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/2020-temple-on-mount-zion-conference/

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)

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: Summer 2021
Additional details: https://witnessesfilm.com

Lectures for the 2021 “Ultimate Interpreter Foundation Egypt Tour,” Cruise Lady “Learn our Religion” Series

These lectures are in preparation for the upcoming “Ultimate Interpreter Foundation Egypt Tour” scheduled for November 19–29, 2021. 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: TBD
Additional details: https://www.cruiselady.com/learn-our-religion/ (Advance reservation required, 801-453-9444 or 888-707-4386)

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: TBD
Additional details: https://www.cruiselady.com/learn-our-religion/ (Advance reservation required, 801-453-9444 or 888-707-4386)

New, updated, and upcoming publications

Smoot, Stephen O. and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Pearl of Great Price Study Edition, 2020, in preparation.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., and Matthew L. Bowen. “Truth and Beauty in the Book of Moses.” In Proceedings of the Fourth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, 10 November 2018, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Temple on Mount Zion 5, in preparation. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., Matthew L. Bowen, and Ryan Dahle. “Where did the names ‘Mahaway’ and ‘Mahujah’ come from?: A response to Colby Townsend’s ‘Returning to the sources’.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship (2020): in press.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., and Ryan Dahle. “Textual criticism and the Book of Moses: A response to Colby Townsend’s ‘Returning to the sources’.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship (2020): in press.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Ten Questions with Kurt Manwaring, in preparation.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Book of Moses Textual Criticism 4: A Missing Link in Samuel Brown’s Account of the JST Translation and the Introduction of Temple Ordinances. Interpreter Blog, in press.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Book of Moses Textual Criticism 3: Was the Book of Moses Simply an Unplanned Afterthought to Moses 1? A response to Thomas A. Wayment. “Intertextuality and the purpose of Joseph Smith’s new translation of the Bible.” Interpreter Blog, in press.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Book of Moses Textual Criticism Article Preview 2: Were the Names “Mahijah” and “Mahujah” Inspired by Adam Clarke’s Commentary? Interpreter Blog, in press.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Book of Moses Textual Criticism Article Preview 1: Did God or Enoch Weep? Interpreter Blog, in press.

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., David J. Larsen, and Stephen T. Whitlock. “Moses 1 and the Apocalypse of Abraham: Twin sons of different mothers?” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 38 (2020): 179–290. https://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/moses-1-and-the-apocalypse-of-abraham-twin-sons-of-different-mothers/ (accessed July 29, 2020). PDF

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.