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Ben Spackman Aug 20, 2016
War. Huh.Public domain imageToday we continue the war chapters, and get to read some military correspondence. I don't have any overarching, connecting commentary here, so I'll start with a rough outli...
Ben Spackman Aug 19, 2016
Jacob wrestles with critical scholarship.Gustav Doré, public domain.Several weeks ago, the Maxwell Institute's Studies in the Bible and Antiquity journal sponsored a small non-public conference  at BY...
Ben Spackman Aug 06, 2016
War. It's not pretty, even when you "win."Public domain image.As I've pointed out previously, the Book of Mormon moves at different paces in different places. We've spent the last two weeks making a s...
Ben Spackman Aug 03, 2016
In a previous post, I detailed President McKay's explicit, published, written approval of a very pro-evolution LDS magazine article. This served as evidence that President McKay did not understand Gen...
Ben Spackman Jul 31, 2016
These chapters (and 39) are all focused on Corianton, who gets quite the paternal talk. Assuming that these chapters aren't using Corianton merely as a framework to talk doctrine (i.e. why would this ...
Ben Spackman Jul 30, 2016
The Book of Mormon has a variable pace. Occasionally, we skip through decades or even hundreds of years on a single page. Other times, like today, Mormon's editing moves us into super slow motion, rel...
Ben Spackman Jul 24, 2016
Thomas Benjamin Kennington, Orphans.Public domainFirst, the structure of the text. Alma 30-34 are really one unit, which we break up. In the 1830, they constitute one chapter (Alma XVI). Presumably, w...
Ben Spackman Jul 23, 2016
I didn't grow up in Utah, and never heard of Pioneer Day until I was on my mission in France/Belgium. There, a PR event was organized for the Sesquicentennial that included a large parade with handcar...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Jul 17, 2016
One of the things I've written about before is the problem of common, broad terminology, that allows us to speak, without expressing what we mean (if we even know ourselves). For example, what does "t...
Ben Spackman Jul 17, 2016
These two chapters are loaded. First, we encounter the third member of the Unholy Trinity of antichrists in the Book of Mormon. First was Sherem (Jacob 7), then Nehor (Alma 1), now Korihor.I highly re...
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