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 proceedings of the TMZ 2018 and TMZ 2020 conferences will be published in May 2021:

Ricks, Stephen D., and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. The Temple: Symbols, Sermons, and Settings. Proceedings of the Fourth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, 10 November 2018. Temple on Mount Zion 5. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2021. Available here

Ricks, Stephen D., and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, eds. The Temple: Past, Present and Future. Proceedings of the Fifth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, 7 November 2020. Temple on Mount Zion 6, 2021.

Book of Moses Insights on Enoch

Book of Mormon Central has launched its Book of Moses website with a series of “Essays” on the Book of Moses that will continue through most of 2021. See https://www.pearlofgreatpricecentral.org, https://interpreterfoundation.org/book-of-moses-essays/.

Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Conference 2021

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 April 23: Richard L. Bushman, Session Chair: Matthew J. Grow; April 24: Matthew L. Bowen, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, S. Kent Brown, David Calabro, Stanford Carmack, Kent P. Jackson, Kerry Muhlestein, Jonathon Riley, David R. Seely, Avram Shannon, Stephen O. Smoot. Session Chairs: Kristine Frederickson, Jo Ann Seely.

Titles: S. Kent Brown and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, "Man and Son of Man: Probing Theology and Christology in the Book of Moses and in Jewish and Christian Tradition"; Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, "Moses 6–7 and the Book of Giants: Remarkable Witnesses of Enoch’s Ministry."
Where: Livestreaming only. Edited videos will be available for viewing on the Interpreter YouTube channel about a month after the conference.
When: April 23, 2021, 7:00 PM; April 24, 2021, 8:30 AM
Additional details: https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/2021-book-of-moses-conference/
A first “Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses” took place on September 18-19, 2021. See https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/2020-book-of-moses-conference/.

The edited proceedings of the two conferences will be published together as:

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

FAIR Conference 2021

Title: Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, “Enoch and the Gathering of Zion: Exploring Ancient Sources from the Time of Hugh Nibley to the Present.”
Where: TBD
When: August 4-6, 2021
Additional details: https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/conference/august-2021

New, updated, and upcoming presentations and publications

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, ScripturePlus Old Testament Minutes, 2022.

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.

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.

Bradshaw, Jeffrey. “Moses 6–7 and the Book of Giants: Remarkable Witnesses of Enoch’s Ministry.” In Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: New Perspectives on Literary, Historical, and Textual Aspects of a Divinely Inspired Work, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Reading, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021.

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). Revised version to be published in Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: New Perspectives on Literary, Historical, and Textual Aspects of a Divinely Inspired Work, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Reading, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021. PDF

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “Enoch and the Gathering of Zion: Exploring Ancient Sources from the Time of Hugh Nibley to the Present,” FAIR Conference, August 4-6, 2021.

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

Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., and Matthew L. Bowen. “‘Made Stronger Than Many Waters’: The Names of Moses as Keywords in the Heavenly Ascent of Moses.” In The Temple: Past, Present, and Future. Proceedings of the Fifth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, 7 November 2020, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Temple on Mount Zion 6, in preparation. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2021. Revised version to be published in Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses: New Perspectives on Literary, Historical, and Textual Aspects of a Divinely Inspired Work, edited by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, David R. Seely, John W. Welch and Scott Gordon. Orem, UT; Springville, UT; Reading, CA; Toole, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, and Eborn Books, 2021.

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, 2021.

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

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. 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

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