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Ben Spackman Apr 30, 2016
Once again, I'd remind you of the book on King Benjamin's speech (paper here), and the verse-by-verse commentary in it.I'll be adding my own bits which don't overlap, and happen to be, well, on quasi-...
Ben Spackman Apr 24, 2016
To open, we need some big picture structural discussion.Mosiah 1 is not Mosiah 1. In fact, it is Mosiah 3, and the first two chapters are missing. How do we know this?First, Book of Mormon books tend ...
Ben Spackman Apr 24, 2016
It's been a few weeks since my last post. First came General Conference; the next weekend, I was in Utah presenting at a conference, followed by a family reunion. My parents were in Salt Lake City for...
Ben Spackman Mar 30, 2016
The general thrust of my research over the next few years will be science, religion, and history, centered around evolution and scriptural interpretation. I'll post various things from time to time. T...
Ben Spackman Mar 27, 2016
I only saw bits and pieces of the Women's Session of General Conference tonight, but got a teaser of the theme last night from Elder Oaks' visit to Claremont.The LDS Church has generally been very fav...
Ben Spackman Mar 27, 2016
The previous lesson covered Jacob 1-4, and this one the lengthy allegory of the olive tree and its interpretation in chapters 5-6. This is understandable from a how-much-material-can-I-really-cover pe...
Ben Spackman Mar 20, 2016
Jacob marks a distinct and important break of sorts in the Book of Mormon. Why? Unlike Nephi, Jacob did not grow up in Jerusalem. Born in a wilderness, the first eight or so years of his life were spe...
Ben Spackman Mar 19, 2016
These chapters are Nephi's literary swan song, his winding down. He's now in the position Lehi was in 2 Nephi 1-4, that is, old, preparing for his exit, and wanting to leave behind some words of guida...
Ben Spackman Mar 14, 2016
A friend recently asked for a list of books to read as an intro to the issues in Genesis 1-3 as well as the Moses and Abraham parallels.  I focused on the former, because there's not a whole lot deali...
Ben Spackman Mar 13, 2016
Not a lot of time today, so here's a short post, on Nephi's non-contextual application of the Isaiah chapters to his people.A note on 2 Nephi 26:29, wherein Nephi defines "priestcraft"-priestcrafts ar...
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