16 September 2013

2013 Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on the Old Testament

Jeff will be presenting "The Tree of Knowledge as the Veil of the Sanctuary" at this year's Sperry Symposium, held on the BYU campus. The all-day event is open to the public, so feel free to stop in to hear his insights. Details are as follows:
Date: 26 October 2013 (10am)
Place: 445 MARB, Brigham Young University (map)
Admission: Free to the public (no registration required)
Consistent with recent scholarship that sees the Garden of Eden as a temple prototype, Ephrem the Syrian, a fourth-century bishop, called the Tree of Knowledge "the veil for the sanctuary." He pictured Eden as a great mountain, with the Tree of Knowledge providing an inner boundary partway up the slopes. The Tree of Knowledge, Ephrem concluded, "acts as a sanctuary curtain [i.e., a veil] hiding the Holy of Holies which is the Tree of Life.

For more information, visit the 2013 Sperry Symposium site by clicking here. Also, don't forget to register for Symposium on Science and Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth, and Man, which will be held on November 9, 2013, at the Utah Valley Convention Center! Jeff will be speaking there as well. More information on that can be found here.

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