Review of Woodfin, Warren T. The Embodied Icon: Liturgical Vestments and Sacramental Power in Byzantium. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
The Embodied Icon is an essential study of the liturgical (and imperial) vestments that were used in the Byzantine Empire and by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Woodfin lays out, in a clear and concise manner, the types, decoration, and function of sacred clothing, as well as how these served in liturgical settings and also in the balance of power in the empire.
D. John Butler, Plain and Precious Things: The Temple Religion of the Book of Mormon’s Visionary Men (self-published, 2012).
Idem., The Goodness and the Mysteries: On the Path of the Book of Mormon’s Visionary Men (self-published, 2012).
D. John Butler has written two books in which he elaborates on what he calls the “temple religion” of scriptural figures such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Lehi, and Nephi, whom he refers to as “visionary men” following the description of Lehi in 1 Nephi 2:11; 5:2-4. Continue reading