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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...
October 13, 2009
The Mormon Rawls Project: The Original Position and the Council in Heaven I
Authors note: The following is the second in my Mormon Rawls Project Series. It is...
July 22, 2009
Is Greed Good?
This is the topic for the newest Public Square discussion over at Patheos. I particularly...
June 27, 2009
Mormon Halacha and Common Law
In kosher law, wine is only kosher when it has been produced and handled by...
June 17, 2009
Optimism and Naiveté for LDS Religion Scholars
I just finished Sheldon Greaves, "The Education of a Bible Scholar" in Dialogue 42:2, Greaves's...
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...
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...
December 29, 2008
Myth, Modernity, and Mormonism
The category of "myth" is arguably the most important for evaluating the Bible in the...
December 17, 2008
The Divine Council
There has been serious discussion among Mormon scholars over the past several years regarding the...
November 10, 2008
Translation Styles and Book of Mormon Apologetics and Exegesis
For the past couple of days I have been reading An Ancient American Setting for...
October 07, 2008
The Bridal Chamber
The Gospel of Philip from the Nag Hammadi corpus contains some important passages about a...
August 09, 2008
With the Olympics started it looks like all of the VP chatter will have...
July 21, 2008
Call for Papers
"Reconciliations and Reformulations": A Conference for LDS Graduate Students in Religious Studies Harvard University, February...
June 30, 2008
Anxiety and the Fall
Some years back for a course I was taking in psychiatry we were assigned to...
June 23, 2008
The Danger of the [Bracket]
The [bracket] has been the focus of some rather heated debates in the study of...
June 18, 2008
A Religious Studies Major at BYU Pt. I
Okay, I know it will probably never happen, but...why can't we blog about it as...
June 06, 2008
Experience or Doctrine?
One of the recent debates in LDS intellectual circles has been whether or not Mormonism...
May 13, 2008
The Terrible 90’s for Mormon Scholarship
I suspect that sometime in the next few decades, historians will look back on the...
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