About Heavenly Ascents


Thank you for visiting Heavenly Ascents. My name is David J. Larsen and I am passionate about the biblical studies, ancient religious literature, modern religions, and all kinds of related topics.  I earned an MA in Biblical Theology at Marquette University and a PhD in Divinity/Biblical Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The main purpose of this blog is to share some of the insights I have gained in these and my continuing studies.

I have decided to entitle my blog “Heavenly Ascents,” not because the only focus of this blog will be a study of this topic (which I truly enjoy), but mostly because I thought it was a cool title and fitting for a blog that concerns religious studies.  This blog, in fact, covers a wide range of topics that have to do with theological/religious studies, based on what I am studying in school and other ventures into my own related interests.  Some of my research interests include Temple studies, Temple roots of early Christian beliefs, apocalyptic writings, intertestamental literature, and pseudepigrapha.

I can’t promise to post too frequently, because my schedule often does not allow, but I will try to put up some good material fairly regularly.  Also, please do not take my personal musings as the official opinion of any university, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or even my own official view! 🙂  Thanks again for visiting!

To contact me, please feel free to write to me at david@heavenlyascents.com. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.


  1. Posted June 2, 2008 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

  2. David Larsen
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 8:51 am | Permalink


  3. Anne
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Just letting you know that I am a Margaret Barker fan and temple ordinance worker (almost 10 years) and I am really excited that you have started blogging!

    I am really looking forward to your posts. I will be spreading the word.

  4. David Larsen
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Anne, for your comment. I am also a Margaret Barker fan and hope to do many more posts on her writings. She has an open-minded approach that many Latter-day Saints have come to really appreciate.

  5. Kathy Larsen
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Great posts. Would you please tell us in your posts where the pictures are from? Thank you. Keep up the good work.

  6. Posted June 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Kathy! Yeah, I haven’t been good at indicating where the pictures are from. I’ll try to take the time to do that in the future. Thanks for pointing that out.

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