Temples of the Ancient World

Ritual and Symbolism


Three essays by Hugh Nibley, plus papers presented at the 1993 FARMS symposium, other important papers on the temple, a keynote address by Elder Marion D. Hanks (former president of the Salt Lake Temple), striking illustrations by Michael Lyon (who illustrated Nibley’s Temple and Cosmos)—these features and more make Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism one of the most significant volumes ever published on the temple. Twenty-four essays in this 1994 publication focus on the temple in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East, the New Testament, Jewish writings, and the Book of Mormon and ancient America.


About the Author

Donald W. Parry

Donald W. Parry (Ph.D., University of Utah) is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brigham Young University. As a member of the international team of translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls, he is assigned to translate the books of Samuel. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Society, the Society for Biblical Literature, the International organization for the Study of the Old Testament, and the national association for Professors of Hebrew.

Table of Contents

  • Key to Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Christ Manifested to His People
  • A House of Glory
  • "Who Shall Ascend Into the Hill of the Lord?" Sesquicentennial Reflections of a Sacred Day: 4 May 1842
  • The Temple and the Atonement
  • What Is a Temple? A Preliminary Typology
  • Liturgy and Cosmogony: The Ritual Use of Creation Accounts in the Ancient Near East
  • Garden of Eden: Prototype Sanctuary
  • Temple-Building Motifs: Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Ugarit, and Kirtland
  • The Legitimizing Role of the Temple in the Origin of the State
  • King, Coronation, and Temple: Enthronement Ceremonies in History
  • Temple, Covenant, and Law in the Ancient Near East and in the Old Testament
  • The Temple in the Book of Mormon: The Temples at the Cities of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Bountiful
  • The Brother of Jared at the Veil
  • Ancient Temples: What Do They Signify?
  • Demarcation Between Sacred Space and Profane Space: the Temple of Herod Model
  • Temple Motifs in Jewish Mysticism
  • Hebrews: To Ascend the Holy Mount
  • Temple Imagery in the Epistles of Peter
  • The Temple in Heaven: Its Description and Significance
  • On the Sacred and the Symbolic
  • What Is Reality?
  • Sacred Time and the Temple
  • Priestly Clothing in Bible Times
  • The Garment of Adam in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Tradition
  • Illustration Sources
  • Contributors
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Publication Information

  • Publication Year: 1994
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 087579811X
  • ISBN 13: 9780875798110
  • Page Count: 829
  • Illustration(s): 53
  • Imprint: Deseret Book

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