Temple and Cosmos

Beyond this Ignorant Present


In Temple and Cosmos, Brother Nibley explains the relationship of the House of the Lord to the cosmos. In Temple, the first part of the volume, he focuses on the nature, meaning, and history of the temple, discussing such topics as sacred vestments, the circle and the square, and the symbolism of the temple and its ordinances.

In the second part, Cosmos, he discusses the cosmic context of the temple-the expanding gospel, apocryphal writings, religion and history, the genesis of the written word, cultural diversity in the universal church, and the terrible questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? and Where are we going?

About the Author

Hugh Nibley

A new "Nibley Library" page is currently under construction that will feature Nibley treasures untold. In the meantime, here's a list of Nibley's contributions to FARMS and the Maxwell Institute over the years.  Hugh Nibley was one of the most gifted scholars in the LDS Church. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and completed his PhD as a University Fellow at UC Berkeley. He taught at Claremont College in California before serving in military intelligence in World War II. From 1946 until his death in 2005, he was associated with and taught at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

  • Temple Articles in Other Volumes of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley
  • Key to Abbreviations
  • Foreword
  • The Meaning of the Temple
  • Return to the Temple
  • Sacred Vestments
  • The Circle and the Square
  • The Expanding Gospel
  • Rediscovery of the Apocrypha and the Book of Mormon
  • Apocryphal Writings and Teachings of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The Terrible Questions
  • One Eternal Round: The Hermetic Vision
  • Do Religion and History Conflict?
  • Genesis of the Written Word
  • Science Fiction and the Gospel
  • The Best Possible Test
  • Some Notes on Cultural Diversity in the Universal Church
  • From the Earth upon Which Thou Standest
  • Foreword to Eugene England's Book
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Hugh Nibley
  • Publication Year: 1992
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875795232
  • Page Count: 624
  • Price: $ 49.99
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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