ritual, Old Testament, tabernacle, temple, liminality, sacrifice, anointing
For many, it can be difficult to discern the spiritual value of the rituals described within the Old Testament. This is certainly understandable, since the culture that performed these acts is separated from us by some three thousand years. Yet throughout the scriptures we are told that the Lord speaks to his children in their language and in their tongue, “that they might come to understanding” (D&C 1:24). Though the symbolism and imagery may be unfamiliar to us, we can trust that the symbols used and the rites performed by ancient Israel were meant to teach us familiar gospel principles and that Israel worshipped in Old Testament times as sincerely as we do today
Original Publication Citation
Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Belnap, Dan and Belnap, Daniel L., ""That I May Dwell Among them": Liminality and Ritual in the Tabernacle" (2013). Faculty Publications. 4747.
Deseret Book and the Religious Studies Center
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