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.

For information on how to purchase my books, please visit the link titled “Bookstore” above. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Upcoming events

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

Chiasmus Jubilee

On Wednesday, August 16, 1967, in a missionary apartment in Regensburg, Germany, John W. Welch identified the ancient poetic form chiasmus in the Book of Mormon, and LDS scriptural scholarship changed forever. You are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 7 pm in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium on BYU campus to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this remarkable discovery and the scholarly flowering that ensued. Join BYU President Kevin J. Worthen, Dr. Welch, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, and other guests for an unforgettable evening of music, art, entertainment and inspiration. An academic conference open to the public titled "Writers, Readers, and Chiasmus" will bring visiting scholars to the Harold B. Lee Library Theater beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, August 15, and Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This event is sponsored by the Harold B. Lee Library, BYU Studies, Book of Mormon Central, The Interpreter Foundation, and the John A. Widtsoe Foundation. A video of the events will be posted at Book of Mormon Central and on our website at a later date. At the Jubilee dinner, an edited festschrift in Welch’s honor published by The Interpreter Foundation, will be presented to the guest of honor.

When: August 16, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Joseph Smith Building Auditorium, BYU campus

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration encouraged.
Additional details at https://bookofmormoncentral.org/events/chiasmus-day-2017

Joseph Smith: American Prophet

This near-complete remake of Lee Groberg’s award-winning 1999 documentary is expected to have 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 unused footage from the interview which will be posted when ready. Those interested in a French-subtitled version of the documentary should contact Jeff who, with Groberg’s generous permission, is preparing such a version based on a superb translation by the eminent LDS translator 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. “The Marvelous Story of the French Villagers Who Witnessed Christ’s Birth in Bethlehem.” Meridian Magazine, December 2017, in press. PDF Original story (translated)

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 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, in preparation.

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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