Tag Archives: Angels

Ancient Jewish Traditions Concerning Angels (Draft for Ensign)

I recently posted on Facebook regarding a small contribution that I made to December’s Ensign magazine.  I had been invited a number of months ago to contribute to an article on angels that has now been published in this issue as “Angels We Have Heard.” The section based on information I provided is “Angels in […]

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A Look Back at the Three “Men” Who Visited Abraham

In Genesis 18, we read that the Lord appeared to Abraham in Mamre, and also, in the same verse, that three “men” visited him.  This has to be one of the most debated scriptural passages of all time.  The big question is whether these three were divine beings (and if one of the three was […]

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“Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things” (OT Lesson 37)

Isaiah 22; 24-26; 28-30 With this lesson we have skipped chapters 7-21 of Isaiah (many of which are quoted in the Book of Mormon, so that may be part of the reason) and moved on to chapter 22.  The chapters covered in this lesson contain many symbols and themes that we can interpret as prefiguring […]

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The Three Men Who Appeared to Abraham: The Godhead, Angels, or Human Beings? (Old Testament Lesson 8)

In Genesis 18, we read that the Lord appeared to Abraham in Mamre, and also, in the same verse, that three “men” visited him.  This has to be one of the most debated passages of all time.  The big question is whether these three were divine beings (and if one of the three was the […]

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Temple Studies Symposium III: Margaret Barker

Dr Margaret Barker: The Holy Oil in the Temple Tradition The following are my notes from Dr Margaret Barker’s presentation, which served as an introduction to the use of the holy anointing oil from the time of the First Temple period. Please excuse the incompleteness of the notes, and my apologies to Dr Barker if […]

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In the Company of Angels

This post was inspired by a speaker at yesterday’s (Sunday’s) sacrament meeting in Dundee, Scotland (and also by this discussion on Bryce Haymond’s blog).  The speaker (I didn’t get his name) began talking about what a spiritual experience it was to be called as a temple worker in the Preston, England Temple.  When their training […]

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Huchel’s “The Cosmic Ring-Dance of the Angels: An Early Christian Rite of the Temple” Released!

Back in June I posted the text of Frederick M. Huchel’s powerful presentation at the 2nd UK Temple Studies Group Symposium, entitled “The Cosmic Ring-Dance of the Angels: An Early Christian Rite of the Temple.” (If you missed that, click here. It’s an enlightening read!) I have now received word that Frithurex Press has just […]

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