Pondering the Temple Experience Through Scripture

A friend of mine, Steve Reed, has put together a great collection of scriptures that relate to the temple.  He has entitled it, “Through the Veil: Pondering the Temple Experience Through Scripture.” It is simply a collection of scriptures, from all books of the LDS canon, that have been arranged according to the temple context. There is no commentary or interjected opinion; there is only scripture. It is interesting to read these scriptures in this way, and in this order, and could be a good tool in temple preparation or in general study of the temple.

Of course there are many more scriptures that could be added to Steve’s collection, that are either the same scriptures repeated in other books of scripture, or that address the same topics from more esoteric angles or language. Some of the most fascinating scriptures relating to the temple might be found in the book of Job, which I once wrote a post about, which has subsequently been addressed at length also by Mack Stirling at “The Temple on Mount Zion” Conference held last September 2012, in a presentation entitled “Job: An LDS Reading.” As Mack notes in his abstract, “Many points of contact with the temple support the thesis that the book of Job is a literary analogue of the endowment ritual” (emphasis added).

Here is Steve’s paper.