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.

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Come Follow Me 2021 Resources

“Come, Follow Me” YouTube Virtual Fireside Series

Joseph Smith: A Life Lived in Crescendo

Sponsored by the Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Meridian Magazine

In support of the 2021 “Come Follow Me” curriculum, this virtual fireside series seeks to enrich individual and family scripture study through a series of livestream YouTube presentations by faithful scholars on selected capstones of Joseph Smith’s final years. An initial presentation on the events of Joseph Smith’s martyrdom on June 27 the anniversary of Joseph Smith’s martyrdom) will commemorate that event. Later, from October 17 through November 28, weekly firesides will describe events and doctrines relating to Joseph Smith’s glorious, final teachings—including the restoration of the fulness of temple ordinances and blessings, his courage in the face of continued attempts on his life, the preparation of the Quorum of the Twelve for his departure, boldly countering the aspirants for leadership of the Church, the successful gathering of the main body of the Saints under the direction of Brigham Young, and sealing his prophetic life and testimony with his blood. Time will be set aside for viewer questions following each presentation.

Presenters: R. Jean Addams, Joseph I. Bentley, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Ronald K. Esplin, Barbara Morgan Gardner, Richard E. Turley, Jr., John W. Welch
Where: Livestreaming only. Edited videos will be available for viewing on the Interpreter YouTube channel soon after the conference.
When: Each Sunday, October 17–November 28, 2021, 6:00 PM
Additional details: https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/a-life-lived-in-crescendo-firesides/schedule/

Come Follow Me 2022 Resources

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. 2022. ScripturePlus Commentary Minutes on Genesis and the Book of Moses. In Book of Mormon Central. https://www.scriptureplus.org. (English and Spanish). Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Enoch and the Gathering of Zion: The Witness of Ancient Texts for Modern Scripture. Orem, Springville, and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, and Eborn Books, 2021. About

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. The First Days and the Last Days: A Verse-By-Verse Commentary on the Book of Moses and JS—Matthew in Light of the Temple. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2021. About

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “Truth and Beauty in the Book of Moses.” In The Temple: Symbols, Sermons, and Settings. 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, 2022.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., Matthew L. Bowen, Ryan Dahle, Mark J. Johnson, Stephen T. Whitlock, and others. 2021. Seventy-Seven Essays on the Book of Moses. In Pearl of Great Price Central; The Interpreter Foundation. Link Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Book of Moses Bibliography. Link Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Book of Moses FAQ. Link Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., David R. Seely, John W. Welch, and Scott Gordon, eds. Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Redding, CA; Tooele, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021. Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Creation, Fall, and the Story of Adam and Eve. In In God’s Image and Likeness 1. Updated ed. Salt Lake City, UT: Eborn Books, 2014. Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., and David J. Larsen. Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel. In God’s Image and Likeness 2. Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2014. Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Temple Themes in the Book of Moses. 2014 update ed. Salt Lake City, UT: Eborn Publishing, 2014. Link Link (Spanish)

Hugh Nibley Resources

Hugh W. Nibley (1910–2005) was arguably the most brilliant Latter-day Saint scholar of the 20th century, with wide-ranging interests in scripture, history, and social issues. The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley comprise nineteen weighty volumes. But he was also one of the most enigmatic observers of the Church.

In the new book “Hugh Nibley Observed” readers will discover that the personal stories and perspectives behind the scholarship are sometimes even more captivating than his brilliant and witty intellectual breakthroughs. This comprehensive three-part collection of essays sheds fascinating new light on Hugh Nibley as a scholar and a man. In addition to the book, a complete online bibliography of the published and unpublished works of Hugh Nibley is now online, as well as a series of short videos, interviews, blog posts, and podcasts introducing Nibley to a new generation of Latter-day Saints.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., Shirley S. Ricks, and Stephen T. Whitlock, eds. Hugh Nibley Observed. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2021. Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Hugh Nibley Media Resources. Link

Complete Bibliography for Hugh Nibley (CBHN). Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. "Since Hugh Nibley: Remarkable New Findings on Enoch and the Gathering of Zion." Presented at the 2021 FAIR Conference, Provo, UT, August 4, 2021. Link

Magleby, Kirk. “Unforgettable Hugh Nibley.” Presented at the 2021 FAIR Conference, Provo, UT, August 4, 2021. Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey, and Matthew L. Bowen. “‘Made Stronger Than Many Waters’: The Names of Moses as Keywords in the Heavenly Ascent of Moses.” In Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon, 943–1000. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Reading, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021. PDF Video

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “Moses 6–7 and the Book of Giants: Remarkable Witnesses of Enoch’s Ministry.” In Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon, 1041–256. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Reading, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021. Link PDF Video

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “The Book of Moses as a Temple Text.” In Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon, 421–68. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Reading, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021. Link (accessed September 11, 2021) PDF

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., David J. Larsen, and Stephen T. Whitlock. “Moses 1 and the Apocalypse of Abraham: Twin sons of different mothers?” In Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon, 789–922. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Reading, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021. Link (accessed September 11, 2021) PDF Video

Brown, S. Kent, and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. “Man and Son of Man: Probing Theology and Christology in the Book of Moses and in Jewish and Christian Tradition.” In Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: Inspired Origins, Temple Contexts, and Literary Qualities, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon, 1257–332. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Redding, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021. Link (accessed September 11, 2021) PDF Video

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Ten Questions with Kurt Manwaring on the Book of Moses, https://www.fromthedesk.org/10-questions-jeff-bradshaw/ (September 14, 2020) PDF

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. 2020. “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.’” In Interpreter Blog. https:/www.interpreterfoundation.org/blog-book-of-moses-textual-criticism-3was-the-book-of-moses-simply-an-unplanned-afterthought-to-moses-1. (accessed September 10, 2020). PDF

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 40 (2020): 181–242. https://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/where-did-the-names-mahaway-and-mahujah-come-from-a-response-to-colby-townsends-returning-to-the-sources-part-2-of-2/ (accessed March 31, 2021). PDF

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 40 (2020): 99–161. https://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/textual-criticism-and-the-book-of-moses-a-response-to-colby-townsends-returning-to-the-sources-part-1-of-2/ (March 31, 2021) PDF

New, updated, and upcoming presentations and publications

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “There’s the Boy I Can Trust”: Dennison Lott Harris’ First-Person Account of the Conspiracy of Nauvoo and Events Surrounding Joseph Smith’s “Last Charge” to the Twelve Apostles. Joseph Smith: A Life Lived in Crescendo Virtual Fireside Series. The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, Meridian Magazine, 14 November 2021.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Freemasonry and the Origins of Modern Temple Ordinances. Joseph Smith: A Life Lived in Crescendo Virtual Fireside Series. The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, Meridian Magazine, 17 October 2021. Video

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Ten Questions with Kurt Manwaring on “Hugh Nibley Observed,” June 24, 2021. PDF Link

Nibley, Rebecca and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Interpreter Radio Show on “Hugh Nibley Observed,” April 11, 2021. MP3 Link

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “Introduction.” In Hugh Nibley Observed, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Shirley S. Ricks and Stephen T. Whitlock, 1–14. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2021. PDF

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