“Mormonism and the Temple”


The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints


I’m pleased to announce the publication of a new book entitled Mormonism and the Temple: Examining an Ancient Religious Tradition.  Edited by Gary N. Anderson and published by the Academy for Temple Studies in Logan, Utah, it contains the proceedings of a conference that was held under the same title on the campus of Utah State University on 29 October 2012:


Gary N. Anderson, Philip L. Barlow, and John W. Welch, “About This Publication”


Philip L. Barlow, etc., “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?” [In my defense, I was asked to present on this subject, on which I've already published elsewhere.]


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”


Copies of the book were given out at yesterday’s symposium on Enoch and the temple to those who had attended the Logan conference, and I also received complimentary copies since I’m in the book.  Unfortunately, though, I don’t know how it’s going to be distributed more generally.  Perhaps, eventually, on Amazon.  Perhaps through the Academy for Temple Studies (see the link above) and/or perhaps through BYU Studies, which helped to produce the book.  I’ll try to make an announcement when I know.



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  • Dave Phillips

    Thanks for the heads-up on this book!

  • James Jensen

    I missed the conference by a week unfortunately, and it sounds like I wouldn’t have been able to find a seat anyway. Glad to see they posted videos of the talks. Excellent material.

    I would think print-on-demand would be ideal. I was very pleased to be able to get the first two volumes of Interpreter via PoD. I’ll bet it saves a world of headaches for the publishing party to go this route in particular cases such as this.

    Digressing along those lines, I wish we would see many out-of-print and/or limited release books offered via print-on-demand.

    Books. What can I say? When I typed ‘eBook’ in my iPhone earlier, it decided to enter ‘Ebola’ instead. Smartphone indeed. So, it knows I’m one of THOSE (‘real book’) people. What ELSE is it not telling me?

  • MajMarine

    I picked up a copy at the recent conference at USU. Excellent articles. Thoroughly enjoyed Margaret Barker’s remarks. Not to say I didn’t enjoy yours, I did. This was just my first exposure to her, and look forward to reading more of her works.

  • James


    Check out: ‘Paradigms Regained: A Survey of Margaret Barker’s Scholarship and its Significance for Mormon Studies’


    An excellent introduction to the work of Margaret Barker.

    Check out her website as well. She has a number of papers posted there:


    Great stuff!