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!
Ancient Israel #1
Donald W. Parry: “Eve, Eden, and the Temple” – not permitted to record
Dan Belnap: “The Role of Scent in the Rituals of Ancient Israel” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
David Larsen: “Two High Priesthoods? Evidence for Changes in the Priesthood from First to Second Temple Judaism” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
William Hamblin: “What is the ‘Chariot’ in Ezekiel 1?” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 or KeyNote presentation (see also his presentation the same day on the iconography of the “Hand of God” – part 1, part 2)
Ancient Israel #2
James Carroll: “An Expanded View of the Israelite Scapegoat” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
David Seely: “The Tabernacle as Cosmos in Josephus’s Antiquities” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Brian M. Hauglid: “Ancient Temple Architecture: Beliefs and Practices in Light of the Restored Temple Idea” – not permitted to record
Matthew Brown: “Kingship Initiation Motifs in Ancient Israel” – not permitted to record
Andrew Miller: “The Ante-Nicene Mysteries and their New Testament Sources” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2
Aaron Snyder: “The Prayer Circle in Early Christianity” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Daniel Becerra: “The Chrism in Early Christianity” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2
Rachel A. Grover: “The Paradise Garden and Messianic Age Imagery in the 5th to 7th Century Church Floor Mosaics of Jordan” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2
The Classical World
Chris Dawe: “The Deification of Romulus” – did not present
Bryan Benson: “The Treatment of Temples in Plato’s Republic and Laws” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Dustin Simmons: “Emperor as God: Roman Imperial Cult Worship & Implications for Early Christians” – did not present
Daniel O. McClellan: “Initiation Ideology in Apuleius’ Golden Ass” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Keith Fairbank: “The Eleusinian Mysteries: Greatest Conquest of Demetrios Poliorketes” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2
Doug Marsh: “The Microcosmic Egyptian Temple” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2
Kerry Muhlestein and Alyssa Lewis: “The Role of Violent Rituals in the Egyptian Temple” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Elliott Wise: “An Odor of Sanctity: The Iconography, Magic, and Liturgy of Egyptian Incense” – Entire Lecture or Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
John Gee: “Rituals of the Egyptian Temple: An Orientation” – not permitted to record
Jacob Moody: “Philistine Ritual Artifacts” – did not present
Mark Wright: “The Cultural Context of Nephite Apostasy” – not permitted to record
Scott Preston Sukhan Nibley: “Ancient Southeast Asian Temples” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2
Joseph Petramalo: “The Samaritan Temple and Priesthood” – Entire lecture or Part 1, Part 2
Thanks for taking the time to do this Bryce.
Hey Bryce, will notes or a transcript be available for the presentations you were not permitted to record? Great work. Thanks.
Many, many thanks for doing this, Bryce.
And don’t miss David Larsen’s notes over at his blog:
I hope so. Dan McClellan said this:
I hope these publications include the presentations that we weren’t permitted to record, because they were excellent. David Larsen took some notes on Dr. Parry’s presentation, in addition to the others.
You are very welcome, Reed.
Thanks so much for doing us all this amazing service of posting all of these videos here. This is a great resource, especially since it was impossible, even for those who were at the conference, to see all the presentations. You have done an excellent job here.
It was great to finally meet you at the conference! What a wonderful experience we all had there!
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You’re welcome, David. Thanks for presenting your paper at the symposium. You did an excellent job, and brought up some great points to ponder about how the priesthood is depicted in the OT. It was great to meet you too. 🙂
It’s wonderful to see interest in temple studies grow.
Thanks for this post! It will bring hours of learning and entertainment.
Hi David! Thanks. I look forward to watching the rest of the presentations too.
Thanks Bryce, and thanks to everyone who presented papers, recorded video, took notes, or otherwise made it possible for us to check this stuff out.
You’re welcome B.
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Awesome. Thank you very much.
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