Podcast post

I was interviewed last year for the LDS Perspectives podcast, which I recommend. Therein, I allude to a lot of different books and papers, linked below. I also cited John Widtsoe on genre, from his 1930 book In Search of Truth available online here.  Widtsoe said, "As in all good books every literary device is used in the Bible that will drive the lesson home. It contains history, poetry and allegory. These are not always distinguishable, now that the centuries have passed away since the orig … [Read More...]

Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation of Genesis: A Conference Preview

In a little less than a month, I'll be speaking at the FAIRMormon Conference in Provo. Titled Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation: Some Precursors to Reading Genesis, my paper will be about the importance of recognizing the presuppositions we make when interpretating scripture. We can use various metaphors for this. Each of us (including inspired prophets and apostles) has a Black Box made up of worldview and presuppositions about revelation, prophets, and scripture. The contents of the bo … [Read More...]

Listening to History, Science, and Evolution

I've not had a lot of time to write here recently. I have done a lot of driving and listened to some good lecture series about the history and philosophy of science, religion, and evolution, so this post is mostly about cataloguing and sharing.I've been impressed again at just how unaware we are of our own modern worldview and assumptions, and the story of how we come to conceptualize the world as we do, post-Enlightenment, post-Scientific Revolution. Much of what we take for granted is … [Read More...]

My MHA Presentation and Reconciling Science with Scripture

First, Zondervan has a Kindle sale on their Counterpoints series, where (mostly conservative) Evangelicals write different perspectives on a topic. In this series, I've only read Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither, which is quite good. (I think Sparks makes the most persuasive argument and avoids special pleading.) The Historical Adam volume has some respectable authors, as does the Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Here is a copy of my MHA presentation text, " … [Read More...]

10 Things for Understanding the Old Testament

My semester has ended, and now I enter into a busy summer of reading, writing, travel, research, and some public speaking. I do hope to be writing posts a little more often than I have in the last few months; at least, I have some posts on the back burner I've worked on sporadically, to finish off and post.If you're settling down for a serious study of the Old Testament, what ten topics do you need to know? I was part of a group discussing this recently, and this was my quick list. Long-time … [Read More...]

May 4th is Not Just Star Wars Day…

Few Mormons, I think, know that May 4 is a significant day in LDS liturgical history. (This is reposted from last year.) … [Read More...]

Announcement: Online Mormon Reading Group of Luke T. Johnson’s Introduction to the New Testament

It's paper-writing season for me, not a ton of time to blog anything substantial.  However, if you're on Facebook, over the next year the Mormons Talk: NT Bible Scholarship group will read/post/discuss its way through Luke Timothy Johnson's The Writings of the New Testament .  Currently available for $4.99, this volume is part of the Kindle sale I posted about last week which runs through the end of April. It's the kind of book that might be used in a college Intro to the New Testament course. … [Read More...]

Carpe Diem: Two Book Sales

First, Fortress Press is having a massive ebook/Kindle sale through the end of April. There's no link to the sale itself at Amazon, rather the 1500 (!) books on sale are listed in a pdf here. My suggestions- … [Read More...]

Free Book! and It’s a Good One!

I've often had Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible on this or that list of books I recommend. It's April's Free Book of the Month at Logos (link). If you've read my previous posts about Logos (link #1, #2), you know that entry-level Logos is free and like a supercharged Kindle, runs on Mac, PC, ios, and Android. It's what Infobases or Gospelink could have been. … [Read More...]

A Bit of News

I've got some public speaking coming up, and I'm excited. … [Read More...]