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Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference Now Available for Free Viewing

The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Videos of each of the presentations are now available for free viewing on The Interpreter Foundation’s YouTube channel, or on  They are also embedded below for your convenience. There is also a YouTube playlist available of the conference presentations. The conference proceedings will also be published in book form in the future. Continue reading

BYU Studies Issue 53:1 includes selections from Enoch Conference

Three of the papers presented at the Enoch Conference in February 2013 are now available in the new issue of BYU Studies, 53:1 (2014).  These three include:

They are available to read online for a small fee, unless you are a subscriber to BYU Studies.  A print version will also be available soon.

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

Dear Friends of Temple Studies,

We invite you to join us on February 7 at The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City to take in the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit: Life and Faith in Ancient Times.  Salt Lake is one of only ten cities in the U.S. to host the Scrolls before they return to Israel.  For general information about this exhibition, see

We have arranged for a 1pm introductory lecture, followed by Q&A, with Risa Kohn, a prominent Scrolls scholar who is a main curator of the exhibit.  At 2pm we will enter the exhibit itself, which generally requires about two hours to survey adequately.  We have also arranged special pricing for our group: $15 per person (rather than the standard $24 price).  In order to secure this price and a seat at the lecture, however, one will need to register by January 15 via the link below.  

You are of course free to visit the exhibit without the lecture and on your own at the regular price on some other occasion; the exhibit will remain at the museum into April, though it is hard to anticipate the crowds toward the exhibits closing date in warm weather.

Kind wishes,

Gary Anderson
John Welch
Philip Barlow
Temple Studies Academy Executive Committee

Major Update to Temple Studies Bibliography

The Academy for Temple Studies announces a major update of “A Temple Studies Bibliography,” now available at the Academy’s website.  It features over 500 new entries, bringing the total to over 8,000.  Hundreds of minor corrections and changes have also been made to existing entries.   To view just the updates check the Bibliography tab for “Additions to this Update.”

2012 Conference Proceedings Book “Mormonism and the Temple” now available as Free PDF

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PDF of proceedings book

The conference that was held in Logan, Utah, on October 29, 2012, entitled “Mormonism and the Temple: Examining an Ancient Religious Tradition” has had its proceedings published in book form. This book has been available to conference attendees, and for ordering for several months.  The proceedings are now also available for free in PDF format for download.  Click here to download the proceedings book.

This book includes presentations from the following:

  • Gary N. Anderson, Philip L. Barlow, and John W. Welch, “About This Publication”
  • Philip L. Barlow, “Welcome and Opening Comments by Presenters”
  • Margaret Barker, “Restoring Solomon’s Temple”
  • Laurence Paul Hemming, “Chapel, Church, Temple, Cathedral: Lost Parallels in Mormon and Catholic Worship”
  • Margaret Barker and Laurence Hemming, “Questions and Answers”
  • John F. Hall, “Ancient Mediterranean Temple Ceremonies: Vestiges of the Rites of Enoch and Precursors to the Hebrew Temple Ceremonial”
  • John W. Welch, “The Temple, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Gospel of Matthew”
  • Daniel C. Peterson, “A Divine Mother in the Book of Mormon?”
  • Danel W. Bachman, “A Temple Studies Bibliography”
  • LeGrande Davies, “Temples–Bridges of Eternity”
  • John L. Fowles, “The Temple, the Book of Revelation, and Joseph Smith”
  • John W. Welch and Presenters, “Closing Comments”