Sidney B. Sperry Symposium

​The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium for 2014 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25.

The theme for the 2014 symposium will be The Ministry of Peter the Chief Apostle, which sheds important light on the mission of the man whom Jesus himself referred to as “the rock.”  Presentations will treat Peter’s cultural background and context, his role in the apostolic church, many of his noted teachings, and his important legacy in early Christianity and the Restoration.  But above all, Peter is revealed as one who, through the atonement and the endowment of the spirit, overcame his own weaknesses to become one of the greatest, and most powerful, witnesses of the divinity, mission, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The keynote speaker will be Elder Bruce C. Hafen. Since 1989, select papers from the Sperry Symposium have been copublished by Deseret Book and the Religious Studies Center at BYU. The entire printed collection represents the work of more than 275 authors producing more than 600 articles.

View the PDF flyer and schedule for last year's event

2013 Schedule

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

 

Time

JSB Auditorium

445 MARB

446 MARB

455 MARB

456 MARB

W111 BNSN

W112 BNSN

9:00

a.m.

 

 

 

Seeing God in His Temple: A Significant Theme in Israel’s Psalms

 

 

 

Andrew C. Skinner

BYU

 

 

Theophany on Sinai

 

 

 

 

 

Amy B. Hardison

S&I, Arizona

 

Gestures of Praise: Lifting and Spreading the Hands in Biblical Prayer

 

 

 

David Calabro

Ph.D. Student

 

 

 

Angels Among Us: The Use of Old Testament Passages as Inspiration for Temple Themes in the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

David J. Larsen

Ph.D. Student

Old Testament Psalms in the Book of Mormon

 

 

 

John Hilton III

BYU

Darkness, Light, and the Lord:  Elements of  Israelite Theophanies

 

 

 

Kerry Muhlestein

BYU

Worship Through Sacrifice in Leviticus 1-7: Animals, the Atonement, and Us

 

Matthew Porter Wilcox

S&I, Utah

10:00

a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I Will Bless the lord at All Times”: Blessing God in the Old Testament

 

 

 

 

 

Dana M. Pike

BYU

 

The Tree of Knowledge as the Veil of the Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Independent Scholar, Florida

 

“In the Mount of the Lord It Shall be Seen” and “Provided”: Theophany and Sacrifice as the Etiological Foundation of the Temple in Israelite and Latter-day Saint Tradition

 

Matthew Bowen

BYU-Hawaii

 

 Rejection and Rehabilitation of Worship in the Old Testament

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jared M. Halverson

S&I, Tennessee

Parallels between Psalms 25-31 and the Psalm of Nephi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth L. Alford, BYU

D. Bryce Baker,

Senior Advisor in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

The Great Jerusalem Temple Prophecy–Latter-day Context and Likening Unto Us

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey R. Chadwick

BYU

Holy of Holies: Entering into the Presence of the Lord

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynne Hilton Wilson

S&I, California

 

11:00

a.m.

 

 

Keynote

Address

 

 

The Old Testament and Easter

 

Kent P. Jackson

BYU

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Lunch

Break

12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.

 

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2:00

p.m.

Solomon’s Temple: A Virtual View and Assessment of Its Physical Appearance and Purpose

 

Ann Madsen

BYU

Clothed in Holy Garments: Apparel of the Temple Officiants of Ancient Israel

 

Alonzo L. Gaskill

BYU

Worship: Bowing Down and Serving the Lord

 

 

Jennifer C. Lane

BYU-Hawaii

Standing in Holy Places

 

 

 

 

Todd A. Knowles

S&I, Washington

“Give Me Right Word, O Lord:” The JST Changes in the Psalms

 

 

David A. LeFevre

S&I, Washington

Up, Up, and Away!: Understanding Sacred Space in Ezekiel’s Temple Vision

 

 

Jacob Rennaker

Ph.D. Candidate

“Come Near Unto Me”: Guarded Space and its Mediators in the Jerusalem Temple

 

Avram R. Shannon

Ph.D. Student

3:00

p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Old Testament Temples can Teach Us About Our Own Temple Activity

 

Richard O. Cowan

BYU

 

 

The Garden of Eden, the Ancient Temple, and Receiving a New Name

 

 

Alex Douglas

Ph.D. Student

“The Lord . . . Bringeth Low, and Lifteth Up”: Hannah, Eli, and the Temple

 

 

Julie M. Smith

Independent Scholar, Texas

The Psalms Sung: The Power of Music in Sacred Worship

 

Shon D. Hopkin, BYU; Arden Hopkin, BYU

The Context of Temple Worship: Early Ancient Egyptian Rites

 

 

John S. Thompson

S&I, Utah

Isaiah 56, Abraham, and the Stranger

 

Taylor Halverson

BYU