Tag Archives: Deification

My Temple on Mount Zion Conference Presentation (Slides)

The 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference in memory of Matthew Brown, held October 25th was an enormous success. It brought together many great minds who took various creative and insightful approaches to the topic of the ancient temple. I was very happy to be a part of it.  For those of you who could […]

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On Divine Humanity

I found the following a while back and just recently looked at it again and thought it would be great to post here. British scholar Crispin Fletcher-Louis, in his book All the Glory of Adam, had the following to say about the early Jewish belief that all of humanity was meant to, and and eventually could, […]

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Melchizedek: King, Priest, and God and the Forbidden Degrees

The title of this post is actually somewhat deceptive as it implies that the post is going to be about Melchizedek, who can be considered a king, a priest, and also a god, and about the “Forbidden Degrees” (sounds tantalizing, eh?), which the title seems to suggest have some connection to Melchizedek. Well, as far […]

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Christmas Reading

I must start this post by saying that although I would have liked to, I don’t have any wonderful Christmas message to share.  I have been quite busy lately — but I still feel that Christmas spirit. It has been snowing here in St Andrews, and the snow has stayed (which I hear is rather […]

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Professor John F. Hall: Notes from the Temple Studies Symposium III

The following are my notes from Dr. John F. Hall’s wonderful presentation at the recent Temple Studies Group symposium held 31 October 2009 at the Temple Church in London. Dr. Hall is the Eliza R. Snow Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages and Ancient History at Brigham Young University. The paper Dr. Hall presented is a […]

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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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The Psalms in the Ritual: Aage Bentzen, Part Two

In my last post, I provided a look at Aage Bentzen’s King and Messiah, focusing on his review and summarization of research on the psalms and how some scholars began to see in them a pattern that seemed to define an ancient Israelite ritual that involved the king’s participation in a ritualized drama that portrayed […]

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A Short Note on Mystery Religions, Christianity and the Telestial World

In recent studies for school, I have had to look into the subject of the “mystery” cults that existed in many parts of the ancient world in the early Christian era. I just wanted to post a brief description of what these mystery religions entailed, as I found them very interesting and think some of […]

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