The Qur’an on John the Baptist

a verse about Yahya the Baptist

 Like me, many readers here are probably now entering into a Sunday School curriculum year focused on the New Testament.  So it might not be inappropriate, today, to share a couple of verses from the Qur’an -- there are a number of them -- about John the Baptist.  The translation is mine.  "At that, Zechariah called upon his Lord, saying, 'O my Lord, give me good posterity from you.  Truly, you are the hearer of supplications."  "So the … [Read more...]

“Commemorating a Covenant”

Image of Gezer from good ol' Wikimedia Commons

  A relatively brief article ("Commemorating a Covenant") in the January/February 2015 issue of the Biblical Archaeology Review summarizes archaeologist William Dever's final excavation report on his field work at Tel Gezer, which he completed more than forty years ago.  (For a map showing Gezer's location in north central Israel, see here.) Such a time lag between excavation and final published report is a continuing problem in archaeology.  Analysis and wr … [Read more...]

New Testament 25

Frick El Greco, Jesus in Temple

  Matthew 21:12-13Mark 11:15-17Luke 19:45-46John 2:14-22 Some, particularly among Protestant commentators, say that the advent of Jesus and Christianity eliminated the need for a temple.  But Jesus' righteous zeal for the House of God, which is depicted in all four of the canonical gospels, seems to suggest (along with such passages as his reference to the temple as "my Father's house," in Luke 2:49) that Jesus venerated the t … [Read more...]

“Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time”

JS on 6 April in Fayette

  My Deutsch-sprechender BYU colleague Eric Ringger has kindly drawn my attention to this interesting item: Please notice who the first and third persons on the list of "Religious Figures" are. "He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that h … [Read more...]

“Ether’s Cave”

Primary art, Lehi's dream

   Just a reminder of the blog that my friend and former colleague Matt Roper maintains: Check in on it from time to time, and you'll be rewarded.   … [Read more...]

“The Lamb,” by William Blake

Lamb of God window

   Little Lamb who made thee          Dost thou know who made thee Gave thee life & bid thee feed. By the stream & o'er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing wooly bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice!          Little Lamb who made thee          Dost thou know who made thee            Little Lamb I'll tell thee,          Little Lamb I'll tell thee! He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb … [Read more...]

“5 quotes that show the true character of the Prophet Joseph”

Where the Restoration began

  This little item, published slightly more than a week ago on the 209th anniversary of Joseph's birth, represents much, much more that could be said in defense of his much-maligned good character:   … [Read more...]

Doing and Not Doing

He died in 1976, a Christian once more

  "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." Lin Yutang (d. 1976)    … [Read more...]