The Temple in the Book of Mormon

King Benjamin's Farewell Address - Minerva Teichert, 1935

Robert F. Smith has posted a good bibliography of studies on the temple in the Book of Mormon, which William Hamblin also posted.  I thought I’d do the same, with direct links to the works (some even available for reading online).  Many still believe that the Book of Mormon does not contain much of the temple in it, so this a good summary of some of the best reading on the subject:

Baker, LeGrand L.,, and Stephen D. Ricks, Who Shall Ascend Into the Hill of the Lord? The Psalms in Israel’s Temple Worship In the Old Testament and in the Book of Mormon (SLC: Eborn Books, 2010).

Bokovoy, David, “Temple Imagery in the Book of Mormon,” 4-part BYU Education Week lectures for 2011, summarized on MDDB.

Butler, D. John, Plain and Precious Things: The Temple Religion of the Book of Mormon’s Visionary Men (Amazon/Kindle eBook, 2012).

Christensen, Kevin, “The Temple, the Monarchy, and Wisdom: Lehi’s World and the Scholarship of Margaret Barker,” in Seely, Seely, and Welch, eds., Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem (Covenant Communications, 2004), 449-522.

Parry, Donald W., “Service and Temple in King Benjamin’s Speech,” JBMS, 16/2 (2007), 42-47.

Ricks, Stephen D., “The Treaty/Covenant Pattern in King Benjamin’s Address (Mosiah 1- 6).” BYU Studies, 24/2 (Spring 1984), 151-162

Spencer, Joseph M., An Other Testament: On Typology (Salem: Salt Press, 2012).

Valletta, Thomas R., “Conflicting Orders: Alma and Amulek in Ammonihah,” in D. Parry and S. Ricks, eds., The Temple in Time and Eternity (Provo: FARMS, 1999), 183-231.

Welch, John W., The Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount (SLC: Deseret, 1990).  FARMS put out an expanded ed.

Welch, John W., Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and Sermon on the Mount (Provo: FARMS, 1999).

Welch, John W., The Sermon on the Mount in Light of the Temple, SOTS (Ashgate, 2009).  By implication.


  1. Chad
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    This is great. I’ve found many temple talks centered on the Old Testament and it’s great to see a Book of Mormon list!

  2. Steve
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Should John Welch’s chapter on the temple in the Book of Mormon in Temples of the Ancient World be added to the list? I thought that was a very thorough consideration of the subject.

  3. Posted July 6, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Thank you Steve! That is certainly a great reference too.

  4. Steve
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    People don’t think the temple is in the book of mormon, because people don’t under stand what the temple is teaching. everything in the temple is in the book of mormon.

  5. Tony Batanero
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Bryce, gracias por tu maravilloso post. Muy interesante, sobre todo para los que estamos enamorados del Libro de Mormón.

  6. Posted July 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Gracias Tony!

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