easterKent P. Jackson, professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, will be the keynote speaker at Brigham Young University’s 42nd annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on the Scriptures, titled “Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise and Worship in the Old Testament,” Saturday, Oct. 26.

Admission is free, and no registration is required. For a complete schedule of events, visit religion.byu.edu/events.

Jackson’s keynote address, “The Old Testament and Easter,” will begin at 11 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium on the south end of campus. Additional lectures will continue in the auditorium, the nearby Thomas Martin Building and Ezra Taft Benson Building, with seven concurrent sessions held each hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

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Presenters include faculty from BYU’s Departments of Ancient Scripture, Church History and Doctrine and faculty members from BYU-Hawaii, as well as instructors from the Church Educational System’s seminaries and institutes and other Church scholars.

The general objectives of the symposium are to increase gospel knowledge and strengthen individual testimonies. The material presented in the symposium will be an important aid to the 2014 Church Gospel Doctrine Sunday School curriculum. Addresses will be both informative and inspiring and should bless the lives of all participants.

A collection of papers from the symposium has been published in a book, “Ascending the Mountain of the Lord: Temple, Praise, and Worship in the Old Testament”, released by Deseret Book and the BYU Religious Studies Center.

For more information, contact Patty Smith at (801) 422-3611 or visit religion.byu.edu/events.php.