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June 07, 2011
Pharisees, Scribes, and Modern Disciples
In TYD’s post below, “A Prophet is Only a Prophet When…,” one of the commenters,...
March 14, 2011
Would Jesus “Stick to the Manual”?
Recently I was asked to fill in as Gospel Doctrine teacher. I thoroughly enjoy the...
March 11, 2011
Ten Tidbits about the Sermon on the Mount
1. The Sermon on the Mount only appears in Matthew's gospel. In Luke, the sermon...
February 04, 2011
Edward Tullidge’s Miltonian “Gathering of the Grand Council of Hell”
In 1858 Edward Tullidge wrote to Brigham Young to volunteer himself as the epic chronicler...
February 03, 2011
Guarding the Temple: Our Procession to a Better Understanding; a Response to David L.
David L., who recently joined M*, and I have been having a really wonderful conversation...
February 01, 2011
Spiritual Gifts: The Cessationist Controversy from an LDS Perspective
Debate over spiritual gifts is about as old as the first New Testament passage describing...
January 29, 2011
Ten Tidbits About Prophets and Prophecy in the Old Testament
1. The biblical, or so-called "canonical," prophets--those whom we tend to consider the prophets--in many...
January 25, 2011
Ten Tidbits about the Gospels
Four years ago we launched a "Ten Tidbits" Series that sought to introduce some basic...
January 15, 2011
John the Baptist: Typology and Fulfillment
I recently read an essay by James M. Hamilton which has refined my perception of...
January 14, 2011
1 Enoch in Jude’s “Bible”: Issues of Canonicity and Scriptural Inspiration
Jude 1:5-7 (NRSV): Now I desire to remind you, though you are fully informed, that...
January 05, 2011
Isaiah 7:14 and Scriptural Hermeneutics
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and...
January 05, 2011
The Dumbing Down of Mormon Books, Made Easy!
A recent book review of Eric Shuster and Charles Sale's The Biblical Roots of Mormonism describes...
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 07, 2010
"Levels of Understanding" in Isaiah(?)
Thank you for the invitation to participate here at FPR. My post comes out of...
October 01, 2010
The Truth of Personal Narrative
Bart Ehrman has pointed out that the popular view of Paul and his conversion makes...
September 21, 2010
PhD Language Exam Exhaustion or Why I Am Looking Forward to Comprehensive Exams
These last 18 months have been brutal. Since April of 2009 I have prepped and...
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...
June 13, 2010
Are Mormons Ready for an LDS Study Bible?
Short answer: No one to read it, no one to write it. So, sadly: no....
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 24, 2010
Insights from Names of Deity
Rabbinic commentators have sought to better understand the nature of God by exploring the implications...
January 11, 2010
JST part 2 (How's that for an exciting title?)
All right, so if the JST does not restore an original, pristine, historical text from...
January 10, 2010
The Halakic Jesus
John Meier's fourth volume of A Marginal Jew came out last spring, and is focused...
January 07, 2010
The JST and the Hebrew Bible
Hello Faith Promoting Friends, Well, despite a glorious introduction as a new contributor, I’m afraid...
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)...
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