I apologize for the dearth of posts recently.  I have moved from Wisconsin and am now staying in Utah for the next couple of weeks until I fly out with my family to Scotland.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much time for writing good posts.

I have, however, greatly enjoyed spending some quality time with my family here in Utah. Driving from Wisconsin through the great plains and up into the heights of the Rocky Mountains, it has been great to once again “ascend” to this land of Zion, where the “mountain of the Lord’s house” has been established on the top of the mountains (Isaiah 2).

In the short amount of time that I’ve been here, I’ve been able to see five LDS temples, all within less than an hour’s drive from where I am staying.  I am posting a few pictures that we have taken so far (these are all around Temple Square in Salt Lake City — I will post more later).


The Salt Lake City, Utah Temple — photo taken from across the street to the North-West



From a bit further away



The Conference Center — a veritable mountain in its own right



To obtain a vision of the deity was a main purpose, I believe, of ancient temples



Witnessing the ascension par excellence


Other Items of Interest

There are a couple of blogs that I want to point out that I think are worth looking at.

danielomcclellan.wordpress.com — Daniel McClellan is a recent graduate of BYU in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (with concentration on Hebrew with a minor in Greek) and is now headed to Oxford University to do a Master’s in Jewish Studies. Daniel ran the Students of the Ancient Near East (SANE) organization at BYU and will certainly be a great scholar (he already is).  He used to have a blog called “Maklelan” but has now moved to this new address.  We look for great things to come from Daniel McClellan!

visionsofthekingdom.shynaar.net — David Tayman has recently started a blog focused on scriptural symbolism. So far his posts have provided an analysis of the days of creation as presented in Genesis with comparisons to Mesopotamian and other creation accounts. He has also created some great diagrams to illustrate the ancient Israelite understanding of the cosmos, which are very helpful indeed. They are so well done that they have been used by Daniel Peterson in a couple of his presentations. I am not familiar with David’s background, but he likes reading Margaret Barker and seems to know a lot about the Old Testament, so I’m happy to recommend his blog to you.

On another note:

A 3700 year-old wall has been discovered in Jerusalem, inside the City of David. It is the largest and most ancient of its kind ever found in the region. It seems to have been part of a huge fortification built to protect a nearby spring. “This is the most massive wall that has ever been uncovered in the City of David” — to read more, see the CNN.com story here.

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