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January 08, 2011
Faith Promoting “Problems”
A few weeks ago my Bishop asked me to be the speaker at the monthly...
January 05, 2011
Isaiah 7:14 and Scriptural Hermeneutics
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and...
December 20, 2010
Scriptural Authority, Normativity, and Hermeneutics: Women and the Priesthood
Introduction  The Bible often privileges men as normative for what it means to be...
October 26, 2010
Old Fashioned Philology: Dead? Useless? Not so fast…
So I haven't read this book and I am cherry picking a money-quotation but these...
October 18, 2010
Research and Responsibility
Recent discussions about the influence a vague entity called "Correlation" has on various Bloggernaclers got...
October 01, 2010
The Truth of Personal Narrative
Bart Ehrman has pointed out that the popular view of Paul and his conversion makes...
August 22, 2010
Patrick Henry and Right-Wing (Anti-) Constitutionalism
The Patrick Henry Caucus is the pro-state’s right group within the Utah State Legislature. This...
July 31, 2010
(Re)writing the Bible in Antiquity and Today
CANON The New Testament writers and early Church Fathers used the Septuagint (LXX) for proof...
April 21, 2010
The Magical Connection between Mormonism and Early Christianity
What relationship does Mormonism have with early Christianity? I've considered this issue a bit in...
March 29, 2010
My God Is Bigger Than Your God–Literally. Part VI
Although YHWH clearly was perceived by biblical authors in anthropomorphic terms, YHWH’s body was still...
March 26, 2010
Polytheism and Ancient Israel’s Canaanite Heritage. Part V
Of course, much of this [i.e., that Israel worshiped El and Asherah alongside YHWH] is...
March 24, 2010
Asherah, God's Wife in Ancient Israel. Part IV
One of the most important deities that many, if not most, ancient Israelites worshiped was...
March 21, 2010
God, Gods, and Sons (and Daughters) of God in the Hebrew Bible. Part III
This historical reconstruction [that El was originally Israel's chief deity, and YHWH was originally his...
March 19, 2010
When Jehovah Was Not the God of the Old Testament. Part II
As the very name Israel might indicate on account of its theophoric element el (אל),...
March 16, 2010
Does the Old Testament Teach Absolute Monotheism? Part I
Introduction: Was Ancient Israel Monotheistic? Western Society is perhaps more indebted to the Hebrew Bible...
February 05, 2010
Discussion and Implications of the New Perspective(s) on Paul (NPP)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is God's power for salvation...
January 05, 2010
Child Sacrifice, A Traditional Religious Practice in Ancient Israel?
Scholars continue to debate a number of important issues concerning the nature of human (child)...
June 05, 2009
Women as the True Disciples and Apostles of Christ in the Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Mark, written c. 65-70 C.E., is the earliest of the four gospels...
May 04, 2009
Wait, that’s in the Bible?! Celestial Sex
Background/The Divine Council This post (yes, I know the title is rather provocative) was inspired...
May 03, 2009
Wait, that’s (not) in the Bible?! Creation Ex Nihilo, Israelite Cosmology, and Science
As I have discussed in a series of posts on creation in Genesis 1-3 (see:...
April 29, 2009
Wait, that’s in the Bible?! Israelite Polytheism or Monotheism?
God ['elohim] has taken his place in the divine council ['adat 'el]; in the midst...
April 26, 2009
Wait, that’s (not) in the Bible?! Satan and Evil
In much of the modern Judeo-Christian tradition, including LDS Christianity, Satan is seen as the...
April 25, 2009
Wait, that’s (not) in the Bible?! God’s Omniscience
There is an interesting tradition found in many biblical texts that affirms that Yahweh, the...
April 15, 2009
This important title, often found in connection with name 'El, is found in several biblical...
February 02, 2009
“Listen, O Israel, Yahweh is our God, Yahweh is one.” Does the Bible Teach Radical Monotheism?
Deuteronomy 6.4-9, also known as the Shema because the first word of the passage in...
January 19, 2009
An American Prophet
Mormons are not the only prophetic tradition in America. The African American spiritual community also...
January 12, 2009
Apocaliterature and Historical Fiction
NB: This post compares and contrasts a set of books that I have never read...
December 17, 2008
The Divine Council
There has been serious discussion among Mormon scholars over the past several years regarding the...
December 05, 2008
Genesis 1-3 and The Documentary Hypothesis (again)
As scholars have noted for some time, and as I shall argue here, there are...
October 22, 2008
The Promise of Genealogy
Genealogy is central to Mormon practice and identity. Coincidentally, genealogy is central to postmodern philosophy...
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