Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


temple, ancient Americas, Nephites, Near Eastern studies, Old Testament studies


Several studies have demonstrated that building (or renovating) and maintaining a temple was an integral part of the legal formation and ongoing legitimation of ancient Near Eastern states and societies. (See John M. Lundquist, "Temple, Covenant, and Law in the Ancient Near East and in the Old Testament," in Israel's Apostasy and Restoration [Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1988]).