Remember that one time God totally denied having a body in restoration scripture?

There I was looking at all the fascinating differences between the First Book of Moses called Genesis in the KJV and the Book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price … such as the global change from third person to first person (e.g. Genesis: “God said” > Moses: “I, God, said”) … when to my surprise I saw this anti-anthropomorphism:Genesis 3:8 KJV And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of t … [Read more...]

Even More Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

I once wrote about the Jacob (pseud)epigraphon in the book of Alma, which I said I would follow up on but never did, and I won’t do it here. Because there are even more Old Testament pseudepigrapha to write about that are not old but new!The current issue of the Ensign features an article written in the first person as though by Adam. It looks to be the initial article in a series called “Old Testament Prophets,” coinciding with the year’s gospel doctrine topic. Apparently, soon there will be … [Read more...]

What Paul did not mean by apostle

Paul claims to be an apostle by virtue of his vision/s of Jesus.He does not claim to be an apostle by virtue of Jesus ordaining him to any priesthood.He does not claim to be an apostle by virtue of Peter, another of the twelve, or anyone else ordaining him to any priesthood either, though he does want to point out that years after the fact James and Peter and John accepted him (Galatians 2:6-10).When he refers to apostles (arguably including the woman Junia in Romans 16:7) and … [Read more...]

The Heresies of Father Brown and the Future of LDS Scriptural Studies

With the new direction at the Maxwell Institute, the launch of the Mormon Interpreter, the latest about the BYU New Testament Commentary project, and the search for a new dean of Religious Education, which culminated last week, there has been some talk about the future of LDS scriptural studies, including, but hardly focused on, the Bible.In talking about the future, we might consider the history of scriptural studies in other faith traditions, such as Catholicism. Broadly speaking, … [Read more...]

Evangelium secundum Matthaeum et tres porci minores

Matt 7:6 …neither cast ye your pearls before swine… (The three little pigs? No, just coincidence.)Matt 7:7-8 …knock and it shall be opened unto you… (Hmm.)Matt 7: 15 … but inwardly they are ravening wolves… (Well.)Matt 7:19 ... and cast into the fire … (Uh. Fire. Pot of boiling water.)Matt 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter … (Little pig, little pig, let me in!?)Matt 7:23 … depart from me … (Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin. Yes. Je … [Read more...]

Event at Benchmark Books Tonight: Mormons and the Bible

If you are in the area of Benchmark Books, stop by to hear Philip L. Barlow and to pick up a copy of the updated edition of his book, Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion, which has just been reissued in paperback with a new preface and updated bibliography.And if you are not in the area, get a copy online.First published by Oxford University Press in 1991 and featuring such chapters as “The Mormon Response to Higher Criticism,” the book should be … [Read more...]

Boat, Bible; Ship, Scripture

*follow-up to this.Three vociferous cheers for Old Joe and his Indian Bible notwithstanding, a lot of what the Book of Mormon says about colonization and colonialization is liable to make current readers squeamish. After all, it has been some time since the president of the United States, for instance, was systematically removing Native Americans to west of the Mississippi. Today there is actually concern about the loss of Native American languages, if not religions.It doesn’t matter m … [Read more...]

adjustment to the book of abraham in the new edition of the scriptures

So you noticed the change regarding the Book of Abraham in the introduction to the Pearl of Great Price, and you want to situate it a little. Well here is a rundown of some pertinent information.The heading to the William W. Phelps and Warren Parrish Copy of Abraham Manuscript (Summer—Fall, 1835): Translation of the Book of Abraham written by his own hand upon papyrus and found in the CataCombs of Egypts The heading to the Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript (early 1842): A. T … [Read more...]