Keywords

ritual, Old Testament, tabernacle, temple, liminality, sacrifice, anointing

Abstract

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

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Deseret Book and the Religious Studies Center

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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