President Russell M. Nelson taught us that “each temple is a house of learning. There we are taught in the Master’s way. His way differs from modes of others. His way is ancient and rich with symbolism. We can learn much by pondering the reality for which each symbol stands.”
With 175 separate entries, this volume explores a variety of these rich symbols and truths regarding ancient and modern temples. Listed in alphabetical order for convenient references, the entries deal with a broad range of categories, including temple architecture, rituals and ordinances, sacred clothing, sacrificial offerings, geometric symbols, colors, heavenly bodies (sun, moon, stars), prayer and revelation, sacred names, religious festivals, and more. This thorough yet accessible collection allows each of us to gain a greater understanding of valuable symbols, enriching our temple experience and giving each of us a clearer vision of the many ways our temple worship points us toward Jesus Christ.
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. He is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books and numerous articles on the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls and has coauthored with his brother, Jay A. Parry, several books for Latter-day Saints, including Understanding Isaiah. Most recently, he was the author of Angels: Agents of Light, Love, and Power. He and his wife, Camille Parry, are the parents of six children.
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