Anyway, I do agree with Don that we sometimes try to find direct parallels to everything without becoming comfortable with the differences between ancient and modern temples.
As to the cherubim on the veil of the ancient temple (Ex 26:31), I always understood that to represent the cherubim guarding the way of the tree of life:
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Gen 3:24).
On the topic of Nephi’s temple, I had an institute teacher who interpreted the very famous 2 Ne 31:17-20 as Nephi’s commentary on the temple. His stait and narrow path was the path through the temple. Nephi mentions:
“baptism by water” — laver
“remission of your sins by fire” — altar of sacrifice
“having a perfect brightness of hope” — candlestick
“feasting upon the word of Christ” — shewbread
“thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” — tree of life in the holy of holies
“ye must pray always, and not faint” (2 Ne 32:9) — altar of incense
In other words: Do we have three very different kinds of worship in temples:ancient Israel, Nephite, and latter-day?]]>
Please, keep in mind when discussing such things that they are most sacred to many of us.]]>
I agree that we may strain ourselves to find similarities. In fact, I think we (collectively as LDS) have the unfortunate tendency to proof-text the scriptures to death on certain topics.
PS. It was my alter ego that spelled “altar” a-l-t-e-r in my previous comment.
But even so, it seems to me that the scriptures are repleat with strong common threads of narrative. Such narratives as the “exodus pattern” (which is reflected in the temple narrative) are IMO unmistakable. The “cycle of pride” is another one. And there are many others, of course.
Your GD class is in for a treat!]]>