Last Friday I was able to attend the symposium entitled “Temples and Ritual in Antiquity,” sponsored by The Students of the Ancient Near East (SANE) and the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University. It was an excellent symposium about the temple, with a wide range of topics related to the temple presented by students and scholars. I was also fortunate to help organize videotaping the symposium so that it will be preserved and available online for many others to see and study. In addition to the great things that were shared, I was also able to meet several of the people I have become acquainted with online, such as David Larsen, “Particle Man,” Kathy Larsen, Donna Nielsen, and several others. It was a great experience. I hope SANE will continue to sponsor such symposiums in the future.
I am grateful for the SANE organizers for allowing us to videotape the symposium and make it available online, particularly Dan McLellan for his support. I’d also like to thank Steve Smoot and Tyler Livingston for their help with the video cameras, digitizing and uploading.
Below are all the videos that we were able to record at the symposium (that have been uploaded to date). You can see short bios of each presenter here or here. David Larsen also took some great notes in the Ancient Israel sessions. Note: I will update this post with links to more of the videos as soon as they become available. Enjoy! [Read more…]