John Hall and why we can’t have nice, biblical things (part 2)

This may become a recurring series. Who knows. There is a mountain of material with more coming out each year it seems. Anyway, today's installment comes from John F. Hall, a former professor of Classical Studies at BYU and self-styled scholar of the New Testament. In his 2002 monograph New Testament Witnesses of Christ: Peter, John, James, and Paul (Covenant) the reader finds this (p. 59):"Modern critics resort to literary analysis and redaction criticism to dismiss the accounts of Mark and … [Read more...]

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This is why we can’t have nice, biblical things

Apparently this advertisement was sent to students and faculty at BYU who are in some way connected to the study of HB/NT."You are invited to attend a public lecture this Wednesday by Margaret Barker, the well-known British founder of the Temple Studies group in London. The title of her lecture on deification is “The Lord is One.” This presentation will be held in the Varsity Theater, in the Wilkinson Student Center at 4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 9.After her presentation, Andrew Skinne … [Read more...]

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Daniel Peterson and Admitting Defeat

Some people just get a pass. It's not right but it's the way things are. Recently on our blog, Daniel Peterson's piece in the Deseret News was noticed for its wholesale borrowing from unattributed sources that far exceeds the bounds of academic (and probably journalistic standards). Submitted as a student essay, this piece would have earned Peterson a trip to the dean/provost of students. Submitted to a peer reviewed journal, this piece would have garnered a swift rejection. Or had it made it to … [Read more...]

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Tips for the future LDS grad school applicant

It's grad school application season and students are anxious over GRE, letters of rec, personal statements, GPA etc. It's a stressful time, we at FPR have been there. We sympathize. Many of us are now on the other side of the portfolio, whether for MA or PhD programs. I don't speak for us all, but let me say a few things that might be generally true.If you are LDS and are serious about doing graduate work in Religious Studies (broadly conceived), the Ancient Near East, Hebrew Bible, New … [Read more...]

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Petreius

I'm totally disappointed that learned, waggish friends on social media are not talking more about Marcus Petreius. I mean the dude's name and his "career" suicide along with his proven military chops against insurgents and his open sympathies with the (lost) Republican cause are begging to be snark-mined. Facebook is just so hoi polloi these days. Sigh.As a concession to the masses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_PetreiusThose who don't learn history are bound to blah, blah, blah, an … [Read more...]

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Fundanibleists and Fauxpologetics

This comment by tom (#23) at Dave Banack’s challenging post over at T&S sums up why I think the Nibley approach to apologetics and its reception have, in part, had long term and still expanding negative effects on church members:"Might not hurt to read a little Nibley along the way.. not exactly light reading, but take some time to examine the connections he makes with Enoch, Abraham, and ancient temple worship – through all the various non-biblical records that have come to light si … [Read more...]

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Atheism vs Superstition

My man Plutarch is pretty awesome.  He is interested in all kinds of things, everything from discussing how young men ought to be taught how to properly and beneficially read poetry (lest they be sullied by the fake hocus-pocus crap and salacious stuff) to the parallel lives of Demosthenes and Cicero.  He is also an astute commentator on religious things.  He is a philosopher, in the sense that he lives a philosophy (an eclectic [Middle] Platonism), and he is a priest of Apollo at Delphi, a job h … [Read more...]

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You can put this in the strange but true bin

These days I am reading for my comprehensive examinations and almost daily I come across something that makes me silently chant the refrain:  There is nothing new under the sun.  Well yesterday's discovery was a real head scratcher and one that might cause some blushing for those with tender ears and modest tongues.  So for those whose eyes cannot bear the sight of things unsightly I forewarn you: stop reading.For the titillated: read on.Sometimes you hear slang and you can sense that it is n … [Read more...]

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