Our English word temple comes from the Latin templum, after the Greek temenos, which refers to a raised platform dedicated to sacred purposes. It is a term that today is applied to any place where the worship of or service to a deity takes place.There are a variety of temples in the Bible: the temple of Dagon at Ashdod (cf. 1 Samuel 5:2); of the calves at Beth-el (cf. 1 Kings 12:31-33); of Rimmon at Damascus (cf. 2 Kings 5:18); of Baal at Samaria (cf. 2 Kings 10:21); of Merodach, or Mars, at Babylon (cf. 2 Chronicles 36:7); of Diana, or Artemis, at Ephesus (cf. Acts 19:27); and, of course, the temple of God at Jerusalem.
Likewise, temples play a major role in dozens of religions today. We have a fair representation of them here in Utah: Hindu, Krishna, Jewish, Free Mason, and Sikh. There are also fifteen Mormon temples throughout the state, with a sixteenth currently open to the public just two miles from our Provo campus.
With temples being so prevalent in our culture, it's not uncommon for the topic to come up in day to day conversation. We are often asked about temples. Maybe you are as well, or maybe you have questions of your own. What does the Bible say about temples? What role do they play in the lives of Christians today? Pastor Logan answers these questions and more in his four-part series Holy of Holies: A Tour of Biblical Temples. You can listen to each message by clicking the links below:
- In Our Midst: Moses and the Tabernacle
- The House of the Lord: Solomon and the Temple
- Torn in Two: Jesus and the Temple
- Not with Hands: The Holy Spirit and the Church