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Martin J. Palmer. Salt Lake City, UT.: Eborn Books, 2015. Hardbound.
A temple is more than a building; it is the premier expression of sacred space. This book illuminates the concepts of sacred space and its ancillary doctrines, which form the foundation of the temple concept. Sacred space defines the nature of the holiness there. These principles are reflected in ritual & architecture. Sacred space is distinguished from profane. As the wilderness is the image of the profane, the temple is the essence of sacred space. The temple is a model of the cosmos & is cosmic in nature. It’s a place of revelation. It’s the source of all blessings. It is the symbolic center of the earth & a meeting place between worlds. Construction is akin to creation itself. Creation brought about order in the cosmos and overcame chaos; building the temple brings order to earth. Temple ritual includes the creation story which re-creates sacred time anew. The temple symbolizes sacred space and sacred time: the time of the first creation, the illud tempus. A deeper understanding of the temple concept will enhance temple worship, Martin Palmer took a serious interest in the fundamental principles of the restored gospel. Interest developed into faith, knowledge & testimony during full-time missionary service in the Eastern States Mission. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Near Eastern studies from BYU & a master of arts degree in Middle Eastern studies with emphasis in history, from the U. of U. Later he was admitted to the degree of doctor of literature & philosophy in ancient Near Eastern studies at the University of South Africa. He contributed a short article in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism & later published his first book, The Covenant Concept. In the Church he has served as Sunday School teacher & president, stake seventy, stake missionary, bishop’s counselor, high councilor, & for many years a high priests instructor. He is married to the former Yvonne Pierce; they have five children.