“They Pitched Their Tents with the Door Thereof Towards the Temple”

According to Hugh Nibley, the king can only be crowned at new year, the beginning of the new age. It's the Festival of the Booths. They brought their tents, and they all camped with their tents facing the temple. That's not in the Bible, but in the new Temple Scroll that's exactly what happens. . . . So they came as pilgrims and lived in their booths. It tells us in the Temple Scroll that every booth faced the temple hill. They completely surrounded it and faced the temple, and they lived in their families separately, as we are told in Mosiah here:

And it came to pass that when they came up to the temple, they pitched their tents round about, every man according to his family . . . every family being separate one from another. And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple . . . (Mosiah 2:5-6)

As the Talmud said, they must feast and sit in rings in their families with their back to each other [paraphrased]. [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 1, pp. 442-443]

Alan C. Miner -

Alan C. Miner

Step by Step Through the Book of Mormon: A Cultural Commentary