The Temple in Time and Eternity and The Gate of Heaven

DONALD W. PARRY and STEPHEN D. RICKS, eds. The Temple in Time and Eternity. FARMS, 1999.

MATTHEW B. BROWN. The Gate of Heaven: Insights on the Doctrines and Symbols of the Temple. Covenant Communications, 1999.

Even though there is no substitute for experiencing selfless spiritual service of the highest order, receiving personal revelation, and basking in the refulgent atmosphere of the House of the Lord, the scriptures and other writings about the temple can prepare our hearts and minds so that we are more able to take full advantage of this sacred work. Two recently published books will take you out of the world and into more spiritual realms and could be recommended by any temple president to his patrons.

The Temple in Time and Eternity follows Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism (1994). While the earlier volume contains twenty-four essays on past and present temples, this second volume comprises eleven articles in three sections: “Temples and Ritual,” “Temples in the Israelite Tradition,” and “Temples in the Non-Israelite Tradition.” The lead essay, Hugh Nibley’s “Abraham’s Temple Drama,” is based on a very popular presentation given April 6, 1999, at Brigham Young University. The final two essays, “The Great Mosque and Its Ka’ba as an Islamic temple Complex in Light of Lundquist’s Typology of Ancient Near Eastern Temples” (by Gaye Strathearn and Brian M. Hauglid) and “Inside a Sumerian Temple: The Ekishnugal at Ur” (by E. Jan Wilson) are two unprecedented but excellent forays into temple topics that are usually associated with LDS temple literature.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 39:2
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