Introduction to “A Temple Studies Bibliography” with Search Instructions

“A Temple Studies Bibliography”
© 2012-2015 Danel W. Bachman
Compiled by Danel W. Bachman, with Donald W. Parry, Stephen D. Ricks, John W. Welch

This version begun 9 February 2006
Updated 25 September 2015

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Brief History of the Bibliography

In 2006 I began an extensive study of the temple.  One of the first things I did was begin compiling a bibliography of available information.  Early on I discovered Parry, et al.,  A Bibliography on Temples of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean World.  It contained about 2,300 entries.  One of the authors, Jack Welch, kindly provided me an electronic text of this book which formed the backbone of my early work.  With the help of the Internet the bibliography grew rapidly and it was decided to put this list online on the website for “The Academy of Temple Studies.” This happened in October 2012.  Since then I have continued to add to, to proof read, edit, and make corrections.  In 2013, the text as it existed at the time, was provided to Don Parry at BYU.  His graduate students did a further proof reading, checked each entry, and put them into a database housed at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU.  Updates were provided to him through September 2013.  That database is online, accessible at BYU.  My version was available on “The Academy for Temple Studies” website.

By late 2015, the bibliography contained over 8,500 items. I added all entries except the original 2,300.  In late 2015, questions arose about the future of the bibliography then on the Academy’s and BYU’s websites.  I decided late in September 2015, until those issues were resolved, to discontinue providing BYU with updates and to move my copy to my personal website.  It now houses my master copy, and is the only one with the most recent update of over 500 items.  Early in October 2015, I have over 100 new entries being prepared for the next update.
See “Update History” for information regarding significant changes to the online version since coming online.

Extent of Temple Studies Included

This bibliography now contains over 8,500 entries. At present the scope is limited to the following areas of temple studies: 1) Near Eastern and Mediterranean temples in general. That includes pre-Israelite temples in the Near East, and Greek, Roman, and Egyptian temples. 2) Israelite temples in the Old and New Testament periods. 3) Mormon Temples. The bibliography includes books, articles, chapters in books, pamphlets, talks and entries in various types of reference works. Book reviews are not presently included. Most items are in English, but there are also entries in Hebrew, German, French, and Spanish. The list contains about 400 doctoral dissertations, as well as a few Master’s theses related to the temple.

Using the Online Version

The software used to access this information is in its initial stage of development. In the future we want the online version to be as interactive as possible.

Downloading the bibliography. The bibliography is copyrighted and is not presently available for download in its entirety. We hope, in future versions, to allow you to create and download topical bibliographies generated by your searches, save them, and print them. However, that option is not presently available.

Searches: As mentioned above, this version of software is in its preliminary stages. However, you can perform basic searches. You can search for an author’s last name, a portion of the title, or for key words in the title or key word list accompanying each entry enclosed in brackets. To search the bibliography, simply use your browser’s “Find” feature by pressing Ctrl+F or Command+F. A drop down window or popup will appear. Type the word or phrase you wish to search for in that box. The up and down arrows beside the box will aid you in moving from one hit to the next.

Key Word Lists: To facilitate general searches on broad topics, a list of key words are enclosed in brackets following each entry in the bibliography (as in the example below.) These key words may be considered as broad topical categories. The list has been kept relatively small and somewhat general. If you are interested in Egyptian or Roman temples, articles on these subjects may be located by simply searching for Egypt or Rome. Other places where temples are located may be found by typing the name of the temple or place such as: Israel, Canaan, Near East, Lachish, Elephantine, Nauvoo, Independence, etc. For periods of Israelite temples you can search with the following words: First Temple, Solomon, Second Temple, Herod, Christian. You can locate references dealing with architecture, design, and furnishings, by using those words. Eg.: Kuhnel, Bianca. “Jewish Symbolism of the Temple and the Tabernacle and Christian Symbolism of the Holy Sepulchre and the Heavenly Tabernacle.” Journal of Jewish Art 12, no 3 (1986-7): 147-68.
[Tabernacle/Israel/Christian/Symbolism/ Heavenly Temple]

List of Keywords

Format of Entries

Entries are formatted according to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for bibliographies. Where Chicago gives some latitude or options, those used in the bibliography are explained below.

Journal Entries: Chicago style does not require both date and issue number for journal entries. I elected to use volume and month (or season) as the default, but to provide as much information as is available.  The goal is to help the user as much as possible.

Alphabetization of Last Names: Chicago style allows alphabetizing last names with particles (de Silva), either with the particle first or the last name first, but prefers using the particle first. We standardized alphabetizing according to this recommendation, i.e., “van der Toorn.”

Translated titles: Where titles in foreign languages are translated into English the translation is enclosed in brackets, e.g., [English translation of title].

Your Suggestions and Help are Welcome

We invite your ideas for improving this bibliography and its usefulness. If you discover errors and can assist with corrections or have new sources to share with us, both are welcome. When corrections and new sources are verified and properly formatted, they will be included in the bibliography.If you find references in the bibliography that are not really about the temple, or temple-related matters such as festivals, temple theology, etc., please bring them to our attention. We will review them, and where appropriate, they will be deleted.If you have an interest in helping build this bibliography, we need the following:

  • Those with skills in the following languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. Many German and French titles already in the bibliography need to be translated into English.
  • Those with expertise relative to Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Near Eastern, and pre-Israelite temples.
  • Those with expertise in archeology, architecture, design, and history of temples.
  • Experts in software programming who could assist in creating a searchable, interactive online bibliography with numerous proprietary features.

You can contact me here.


A Temple Studies Bibliography is an indispensable tool for anyone pursuing serious study of temples in the Near East and Mediterranean world including Israelite and Mormon temples. Searchable by author, key word, and topical categories this bibliography instantly brings the wealth of the burgeoning scholarly field of temple studies to the fingertips of the researcher. It includes published books and articles and references to scores of relevant dissertations.

—David R. Seely

Temple Studies is a growing area of interest, and not only in the scholarly world.  This magnificent bibliography, growing all the time like the subject it reviews, is a very valuable research tool.   Just browsing  through shows how much is involved in Temple Studies, and how much is linked to it and dependent on it.   Dan Bachman has done us all a great service, and anyone working in this field is indebted to him.

–Margaret Barker

…the bibliography is easy to use, provides immediate results that will rapidly lead its users to temple scholarship in their particular subset of research interest, and is remarkably clean of typos or other errors. Prepared by those with training and extensive experience in the field, it will save both the academic and the lay user countless hours of research time, will help ensure that relevant scholarship is not passed over or ignored, and will enable scholars to build more effectively on the foundation of what has gone before.

–Shon D. Hopkin,  Interpreter, A Journal of Mormon Scripture

Disclaimer: The bibliography entitled “A Temple Studies Bibliography” is a working draft placed online as a good will gesture to assist temple studies around the world. The authors and The Academy of Temple Studies, make no claim for the absolute accuracy for the entries and associated key word lists found in this bibliography. Those using these references for whatever purpose should consult the original publications and assume responsibility for their own work. The authors and Academy further disclaim responsibility for errors found in the published and unpublished works of those who consult and use this collection. Finally, the references found in this collection do not constitute recommendations of the compilers or the Academy.