The Return of Historical Mormon Smackdown: Prophetic Spouse edition!

When last we checked, more people were disturbed by possible polyandry than polygyny on the part of the Prophet Joseph. This week, we continue my personal campaign to put things in perspective:Who is more influential in the church today: Emma Hale Smith or Marjorie Pay Hinckley?Emma Smith: wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, recipient of D&C 25, subject of two books and several pieces of variable quality artwork at Hinckley: wife of the current prophet, … [Read more...]

In Sorrow Shalt Thou Bring Forth Children

This little narrative describes opposition to the use of chloroform to ease the pain of delivery based on the divine decree that childbirth was to be painful. If it's true, it's one for the "stranger than fiction" file. I'll try to run down more on it over the week. In the meantime, I see no author explicitly listed on the site I took it from, but the URL is here: … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Clothes Make the Man Part Two

This is the second part of the first post from Dan Belnap.Clothing and Definitions But the Garden story is not wholly concerned with nakedness, or rather remaining in a state of nakedness. There are also two scenes concerning the preparation and presentation of clothing. If nakedness represents the loss of one’s identity, which Adam and Eve have, then clothing represents one’s identity, and changes of clothing may represent new identities. It has long been recognized that clothing are pow … [Read more...]

Classical Figures in the Creation and Fall Narratives

Anthropopatheia is the name of the figure used to describe the ascription of human passions, actions, or attributes to God. Interestingly enough, at the time Bullinger was writing his Figures, another term for this was Condescension. Readers of the BoM will be familiar with the idea. Anyway, consider Gen 22:7 … [Read more...]

Secular Sam’s Guide to the Old Testament: The Septuagint

The Septuagint generally refers to the books of the Old Testament in their old Greek translation. Some scholars only use the term to refer to the Pentateuch section, although mostly the term is used to represent the Greek translation of the entire Old Testament. The correct pronunciation of the term, and the one used by Septuagint scholars, is SEP-tu-jent, the ultimate and penultimate syllables almost sounding as one. Most other folks, however, continue to pronounce the term sep-TU-a-jint.The … [Read more...]

Christ the Mediate Creator

One of the interesting things about reading the last half of the NT is seeing how each author seems to “open up” OT language about God in order to include Christ. Since this is Creation Week at FPR, I thought I’d contribute a little something on the way the NT talks about Christ and creation. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Clothes Make the Man – Part One

This is the first post of two from Dan Belnap. We greatly appreciate his contribution.One of the most fascinating scenes in the scriptures is that detailing the actors and exchanges found in the Garden of Eden. From their creation to their expulsion the actions and conversations experienced by Adam and Eve, these events continue to provide those of us living millennia later insights and knowledge concerning who we are and how God sees us. Of particular interest, is the juxtaposition that is … [Read more...]

Introducing Guest-poster Dan Belnap

Dan is a colleague and is the sort of person who, when asked if they would like to publish an article on a blog, responds by saying, "Sure, I have five already written." I love that. Here he is, in his own words:My name is Dan Belnap. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago working on my degree in Northwest Semitics. I teach at BYU part time in Ancient Scripture. I am married, happily, with two kids.Please welcome Bro. Belnap to FPR. … [Read more...]