The Fourth Temple on Mount Zion Conference

in memory of Matthew B. Brown
10 November 2018
251 Tanner Building, Brigham Young University

Stephen Ricks: Session chair

9:00                 Welcome and prayer
9:15                 S. Kent Brown: Jesus’ First Visit to the Temple
9:45                 Kerry Muhlestein: On Earth When It Was in Heaven: Sacred Time and its Protection in Egyptian Temples
10:15               15-minute break
10:30               Thomas Wayment: Recovering the Language of Purity after the First Revolt
11:00               Matthew Bowen: “They Shall Be Joined unto Thee”: Levi, Levites, and the Importance of Joinings in Temple Architecture and Ritual
11:30               Jeffrey M. Bradshaw: Beauty and Truth in Moses 1
12:00–1:30     Lunch break

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, section chair

1:30                 Ryan Davis: Bearing Testimony in Hebrew: A Comparison of Ancient Israelite Temple Worship with Modern Latter-day Saint Testimony Meetings
2:00                 John Thompson: The Two Ways in Ancient Egyptian Religion and Israelite Temple Theology
2:30                 Avram Shannon: Consecration and Sacrilege in Early Rabbinic Judaism
3:00                 15-minute break
3:15                 Stephen Smoot: The Symbolism of the Cupped Hand in Ancient Egypt and Israel: Iconography, Text, and Artifact
3:45                 John Gee: “Put Off Thy Shoes from Off Thy Feet”
4:15                 Matt Roper: “Fixed and Unmovable”: Joseph Smith and the Eternal Nature of the Priesthood
4:45                 Closing

About Academy for Temple Studies

The Academy for Temple Studies is comprised of a group of American scholars and supporters, who are interested in advancing the discipline of Temple Studies in North America. This group is a spin-off of the Temple Studies Group in the United Kingdom, launched in 2008 by Dr. Margaret Barker, The Rt Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Rowell, Dr. Laurence Hemming, the Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones and Dr. Susan Parsons, who with a cohort of scholars have met annually at the Temple Church in London. This group was seeded by Margaret Barker’s pioneering application of temple studies to biblical texts and topics. See http://www.templestudiesgroup.com/Symposia/Symposium1.htm

Housed under the auspices of Philip Barlow, professor and former director of the Religious Studies program at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, this Academy is guided by its executive committee, consisting of Philip Barlow, Gary N. Anderson, and John W. Welch. Others also serve periodically on various committees under their supervision.

One aim of the Academy is to make scholars and general readers more aware of the field of Temple Studies, including the work of Margaret Barker and her pioneering application of temple studies to biblical texts and topics. Also, the Academy has sponsored conferences beginning in 2012, http://www.templestudies.org/conferences/.  And thanks especially to the work of Danel W. Bachman and Donald W. Parry, the Academy website now features an exhaustive Temple Studies Bibliography, http://www.templestudies.org/introduction-to-a-temple-studies-bibliography/

Anyone interested in receiving notices of upcoming conferences, of participating in the work of the organization, or in supporting this effort are invited to contact the Academy using this link: http://www.templestudies.org/contact/

The Academy intends to conduct other programs that will collaborate with scholars abroad and will extend the discipline of temple studies in the United States.