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The Handclasp, the Temple, and the King

TitleThe Handclasp, the Temple, and the King
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBrown, Matthew B.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsHandclasp; Holy of Holies; Kingship; Psalms; Temple Worship; Veil

In this article Matthew Brown examines the possible meaning behind the imagery of the handclasp between God in heaven and the earthly king. He focuses on this imagery as it is articulated in Psalms 27, 41, 63, 73, and 89. He argues that Psalms 41 and 73 feasibly indicate that when the king of Israel was initiated within the precincts of the temple into the office of kingship he passed through the veil of the Holy of Holies (see Exodus 26:33) and symbolically entered into God’s presence.