Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism

by Donald W. Parry

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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.
805 pp., hardbound.

About the Author

Donald W. Parry

Donald W. Parry, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brigham Young University holds the Abraham O. Smoot Professorship. For nearly twenty years he has served as a member of the prestigious international team of translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books and numerous articles on the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has coauthored with his brother, Jay A. Parry, several books for Latter-day Saints, including Understanding Isaiah, Understanding the Signs of the Times, and most recently, Symbols and Shadows: Unlocking a Deeper Understanding of the Atonement. Brother Parry, who has served in the Church as a bishop, a temple worker, and high councilor, is a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. He and his wife, Camille Parry, are the parents of six children.

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The Best LDS Treatment on Temples
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is a veritable feast of knowledge. I love books about temples, ancient and modern. I read heavily at the feet of LDS and non-LDS scholars and their treatments of ancient temples; this book is in my top three. The articles are written by some of the LDS community's top scholars. Dr. Parry's article on the Garden of Eden is mind-blowing; Lundquist's treatise on temple preliminaries is a must-read; Nibley's article on the Sacred and the Symbolic is tremendous. Obviously you want agree with every author (the work is an Edited compilation); however, the book merits accalades and is a sound piece of faith and scholarship.

Two thumbs up
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is one of the best written documents explaining some of the symbolic elements of the temple as well as its importance throughout history. It is a must-get for anyone who really is serious about understanding the covenants and blessings of the temple. Some of it is kind of hard to read because it was written by very highly educated persons.

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