Dan Belnap on “‘Let the Beauty of the Lord our God be Upon Us’: The Role of Visual Aesthetics in Ancient Israel’s Temple Worship”

This is a presentation which was given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah.

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2 thoughts on “Dan Belnap on “‘Let the Beauty of the Lord our God be Upon Us’: The Role of Visual Aesthetics in Ancient Israel’s Temple Worship”

  1. This world, which was patterned after our pre-mortal world, is highly esthetically pleasant to man. Think of the trees, flowers, mountains, hills, streams, blue skies, seas and sea-shores, white clouds, beautiful animals, graceful birds, etc. The earth was obviously created to be esthetically beautiful to us. How much more so must be the Celestial world, which Temples are designed to depict. As the Lord revealed:

    “Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used…” (D&C 59:18-20; emphasis added)

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