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Conference Talks:
“Made Stronger Than Many Waters”:
The Purported Sacred Names of Moses as a Series of Keywords

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and Matthew L. Bowen

The idea of names as “keywords” has been associated with temples since very early times. In a temple context, the meaning of the term “keyword” can be taken quite literally: the use of the appropriate keyword or keywords by a qualified worshipper “unlocks” each one of a successive series of gates, thus providing access to specific, secured areas of the sacred space. In this presentation, we will explore how a series of names and titles purportedly given to Moses at various points in his life might relate to accounts of his ascents to heaven.

Presented at: 2020 Temple on Mount Zion Conference
Saturday, November 7, 2020
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