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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...
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)...
November 27, 2009
OTFTW 2: Is the King James a Good Translation
Before discussing my 3 Bible suggestions from OTFTW 1, we need to discuss the KJV...
August 12, 2009
Who Lectures on the Book of Mormon?
I'm a big fan of The Teaching Company. They have lots of good stuff on...
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...
January 05, 2009
The Piety of Errant Scriptures
The errancy/innerrancy debate in biblical theology is often framed in terms of levels of "belief"...
December 29, 2008
Myth, Modernity, and Mormonism
The category of "myth" is arguably the most important for evaluating the Bible in the...
November 26, 2008
Tips on Applying to Grad Programs in Religious Studies (Pt. I)
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