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June 15, 2017
Some Sources for More Serious Study
One of the comments added to the last post asked about sources that might help...
June 13, 2017
4 Puds With a Prooftext
Down below is a YouTube presentation of Revelation 12 done by a couple of BYU...
February 24, 2017
Canonical Criticism of the Book of Mormon?
The following is a brief response to Michael Austin's post "Canon as Context: Insights from...
December 19, 2016
Review of Mark Smith, Where the Gods Are: Spatial Dimensions of Anthropomorphism in the Biblical World
I've put up my review of Mark Smith, Where the Gods Are: Spatial Dimensions of...
August 25, 2016
Slavery in the Eschatological Kingdom
I am following a discussion on David Bokovoy’s wall with some interest. Here he makes...
January 26, 2016
To the Editors of the Deseret News
Dear Sir / Ma'am: I was interested to read in your edition of Thursday, January...
December 23, 2015
Congrats Stephen Smoot
We here at FPR have learned that Mr. Stephen Smoot has been accepted into the...
September 27, 2015
Diachronic or Synchronic? A Response to Nicholas J. Frederick
Introduction The fact that New Testament (NT) language appears throughout the Book of Mormon (BM)...
July 23, 2015
The Revelation volume in the BYUNTC series is back in the news, so I thought...
January 04, 2015
The Part I Left Out…
I was blogging a bit over with Benjamin the Scribe, but didn’t get all of...
December 19, 2014
The Future of Mormonism
As has frequently been noted by a variety of commentators, modern Mormonism seems to be...
December 14, 2014
The 144,000 PARTHENOI of Revelation 14
The story of the 144,000 who stand with the Lamb on Mt. Zion in Rev...
December 08, 2014
New Kid in Town: Newest Anchor Bible Commentary on Revelation
This seems to be the year for commentaries on Revelation. And although there are a...
May 30, 2014
Women, Blacks, and the Priesthood in Recent LDS Church Rhetoric
The open letter recently delivered by LDS church spokesman Michael Otterson to a variety of...
May 28, 2014
10 Reasons to be Excited about the Study of Religion at BYU
In the spirit of the 10 tidbits series at FPR, I offer (for once!) a...
May 05, 2014
Biblical Literalism, Literally
The increasingly common use of “literally” to mean something emphatic (but not literal) has provided...
April 25, 2014
Bill Hamblin on the Documentary Hypothesis
Bill Hamblin has done a great service in providing a detailed outsider’s critique, repeating some...
April 04, 2014
Some non-arguments against ordaining women to the LDS priesthood
I’m sure all these things have been said before and better, but in order to...
March 25, 2014
The Joseph Story in Genesis and the Documentary Hypothesis
A basic first step in grasping the meaning of a biblical text as it may...
March 09, 2014
Things You Wouldn’t Think Might Go Together…
About last Friday or so I was sitting under my rock reading from Ehrman’s...
August 27, 2013
Korihor and the Defense of Secularism
Generally, Korihor is understood as a kind of anachronistic representation of secularism by many modern...
August 08, 2013
Exploring the Iconic Nature of the Book of Mormon: Part IIb – The Fluid Nature of the Text of the Book of Mormon
I here continue my series of posts dealing with the iconic nature of the Book...
June 03, 2013
Maimonides and a new Torah Scroll Controversy
My ears perked up when I heard the news that Mauro Perani, professor of Hebrew...
March 19, 2013
An (Updated) Bible Dictionary?
Let me just say upfront that I don’t have a problem in theory with the...
March 06, 2013
The 2013 Adjustments to the Book of Mormon: Accuracy Delayed
This post is written by guest contributor, Grant Hardy. It is a weighty responsibility to...
March 05, 2013
Approaching Antiquity: BYU Church History Symposium 2013
In case you haven't seen it, take a break from Wheat and Tares Apologizing and...
February 25, 2013
Israel’s Past Without the Bible
It may come as a surprise to some that there are texts from ancient Israel,...
February 18, 2013
Peter, James, and … Lazarus?
I recently ran across a hypothesis promulgated anew by Ben Witherington III that attempts to...
February 11, 2013
On the Malleability of Gold Plates: Mormonism and Modern Biblical Scholarship
From the time I first came to understand the nature of pseudepigrapha, I felt comfortable...
January 13, 2013
Faith as a Relationship
I recently heard somebody refer to faith as a verb. While many verbs are involved...
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