“Old Testament Divine Council Called a ‘Sod’”


The Council of the Gods


The pronunciation is something between English sod (pronounced like sawed) and English sewed or sowed.


This is this weekend’s Hamblin/Peterson article for the Deseret News.


Posted from St. George, Utah.



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  • Diane Wirth

    The Maya in Mesoamerica believed in a council of gods who meet and deliberated before the Creation. There are two vases that depict this scene, and it is also mentioned in the Quiche Maya Popol Vuh (sometimes called the Maya Bible). Mesoamerica is where LDS archaeologists and scholars believe the Book of Mormon people lived. They brought such concepts with them from the Middle East. This will be part of next book, Weaving Golden Threads: Early Christianity and its Restoration.

  • Ryan

    On an unrelated note, perhaps she has been reading your travel posts because I read that Tina Turner is giving up her U.S. citizenship to become a Swiss citizen.

    I have little idea why, but I do wish that nation-switching were easier and more common (market competition and all).

  • Ryan

    If Switzerland didn’t have high taxes, I might have titled my above post “Mad Tax: Beyond Blunderdome”

  • Mark

    Dr. Peterson,
    I read your article in the Deseret News and was intrigued by the word “sod.” It seemed familiar. So, I went to my Old Testament and opened Jeremiah 23:22 and, lo and behold, I had a note there mentioning the “sod,” about which I had forgotten.

    Well, I did a word search for the Hebrew סֹוד and was intrigued by its use in Psalms 111:1: “Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with [my] whole heart, in the assembly of the _upright_, and [in] the congregation.” The use of the word “upright” (יְשָׁרִים) caught my eye. I reviewed the results of the search and surprised that it is translated as “Jasher” in Joshua 10:13 and 2 Sam 1:18, as in the Book of Jasher. The verse in Samuel is especially interesting because of its connection to the word “bow.” Could the missing Book of Jasher actually be a type of book – the Book of the Upright?

    Just wanted to share! Thanks for your insightful article. I look forward to your article in Mormon Interpreter.