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Ben Spackman Jan 16, 2015
I couldn't find my notes on the Gospels, presumably because I've never written any. I reviewed my classes, and it turns out I've never taught the Gospels, not for Institute, not for BYU, not for any l...
Ben Spackman Jan 11, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6osyZY2fsI&spfreload=10Arvo Pärt's Magnificat, one of many songs based on the Latin translation of Mary's "my soul doth magnify (magnificat) the Lord" in Luke 1:46ff.M...
Ben Spackman Jan 03, 2015
First, I'm pleased to announce that I will be having guest bloggers joining me from time to time in the upcoming year. First up is Mogget, who was a co-blogger with me before I left FaithPromotingRumo...
Ben Spackman Dec 31, 2014
Let's start the new year by reminding ourselves how little we know, with a brief quiz. (That's the grouchy academic in me, throwing a surprise pretest on the first day of class.)1) Matthew, Mark, Luke...
Ben Spackman Dec 23, 2014
Several of the aspects of Zechariah have already been treated, such as water flowing out from the temple and future prophecies in general. All I would add is this wisdom from Elder Maxwell.The chilias...
Ben Spackman Dec 18, 2014
Ezra and Nehemiah originally constituted one book, so it works to treat them together. Let’s review the timeframe and story here.586- Babylonian destruction of Temple, the walls of Jerusalem, and begi...
Ben Spackman Dec 13, 2014
Today we focus on Daniel 2, a vision.  The story goes like this.In King Nebuchadnezzar's 2nd year, he has a dream. (According to Daniel 1:1-2, Daniel and friends don't get carried off until Neb's thir...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Dec 08, 2014
I've plugged Biblical Archaeology Review before, a great magazine (with pictures!) aimed at interested laypeople.  It used to have a sister-magazine called Bible Review, but then they were folded toge...
Ben Spackman Dec 02, 2014
Today we are (sigh) covering Daniel AND Esther, although next week is devoted solely to Daniel 2. What's interesting is how the comparison between Daniel and Esther actually serves the manual's purpos...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Nov 28, 2014
(Cross-posted at Times&Seasons.) First, Amazon is offering 30% off any book you buy for the next two days. Great time to pick up that hardcover Jewish Study Bible,  Jewish Annotated New Testament, NRS...
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