Until now there has been no scholarly examination of the derivation and development of the temple--something David John Buerger suggests all Mormons should know. By grounding the ceremony's meaning in symbolism and context, Latter-day Saints should find the ritual more enriching. Non-Mormons, too, may better appreciate the syncretic interweaving of old and new traditions in this highest form of Mormon devotion.
A very well researched book, it will inform all those who really want to know where the temple rituals came from.
Buerger has done an excellent job of researching and presenting the history behind the origins and developing changes to the Mormon temple ceremonies.
To me, that is the best kind of history - the facts as drawn from circumstances and environment without a specific viewpoint or bias from the author.
Very interesting history of the Temple ceremony. It doesn't answer everything you probably want to know more about, but hits probably 90%. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Barry
A little light on details, Could be longer and more in-depth. Good for what it is, though.Published 5 months ago by PL000
Got this for some insight on the Temple Rites. Has some interesting parallels, and did touch on some of my own personal thoughts. Read morePublished 19 months ago by CA Dad
That's all I can say, I haven't read (or even seen) this book; I give it a default 3 stars ONLY b/c necessary to post. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by anders tron-haukebo
I recomend this book to all Latter-Day-Saints. Especially those who have gone through the Temple. You will learn many things about the origens of our modern ceremony.Published on February 22, 2011 by Shane
A very interesting history of the first few years of meetings before the completion of the first temples giving a view of how temple ordinances may have developed using Mormon... Read morePublished on October 4, 2009 by The Good Sheppard
Interesting how they reached their conclusions, but much of it is biased by personal opinion and judgement.Published on May 1, 2009 by Peter Morrison
Buerger's exceptional work, characterized by his rigorous academic perspective, holds up as a touchstone for unbiased research into a profoundly important American movement, the... Read morePublished on March 14, 2008 by Rolf Yngve