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...]

D&C 7, the Delay of Jesus’ Return, and Alternate Early Christian Realities

Section 7 of the Doctrine and Coventants shares much of its language and content with John 21, a few other New Testament texts like Hebrews 1 and Matthew 16, as well as 3 Nephi 28. This commonality is no secret. Most all the cross-references are listed right there in the footnotes to the standard edition.What to make of the commonality is of course debatable, but it can be argued that D&C 7 adds new material to John 21 by drawing from Hebrews 1 and Matthew 16. The Book of Mormon then … [Read more...]

scripture and the issue of (God’s) discrimination … again

On the chance that you missed it, at least two university professors invoked Martin Luther King Jr in the last few days in order to criticize the president. Given the national holiday, the King-Obama association that had already been established, and the president’s use of King’s Bible for his second inauguration, this is not altogether surprising.What is perhaps surprising is that both professors did so from quite different points of view, which of course are hardly the only points of view. … [Read more...]

social media and (not scholarship but) graffiti?

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There was some exciting discussion developing here the other day about such topics as how smart it is and the smarts that are required to participate on the blogs and face books. Or as the great elitist Cicero put it:Nomina stultorum in parietibus [paginisque librorum faciei et commentis blogum] semper videmus [et in podcastibus audimus].*Crib sheet with reference to grammar in dusty print edition. nomina -- neuter plural accusative of third declension noun: nomen, nominis. stultorum -- m … [Read more...]


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