May 15, 2021

    I’m pleased to report that, based on views and shares, the Interpreter Foundation’s theatrical film, Witnesses, is currently ranked Number Two nationally on iTunes Apple Trailers.  (To put this in perspective, Above Suspicion, starring Emilia Clarke, comes in fifth, and The Misfits, starring Pierce Brosnan, ranks seventh.)  It would be fun if we were able to reach the Number One slot.  So, if you want to help, please watch the trailer and share it as widely as you can:  … Read more

May 14, 2021

    Two new items went up today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.  The first is by A. Keith Thompson, and the second is by Blake T. Ostler:   “The Brass Plates: Can Modern Scholarship Help Identify Their Contents?” Abstract: The Book of Mormon contains little information about what the Brass Plates contain. Nephi said it was a larger record than the Hebrew Bible brought to America by the Gentiles. But it could not have contained the records of… Read more

May 13, 2021

    Another trio of new items has gone up on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   ““We Will Still Weep for Zion”: War and Wealth” This is the seventh of eight weekly blog posts published in honor of the life and work of Hugh Nibley (1910–2005). The series is in honor of the new, landmark book, Hugh Nibley Observed, available in softcover, hardback, digital, and audio editions. Each week our post is accompanied by interviews and insights in pdf, audio,… Read more

May 12, 2021

    Driving southbound on I-15 early this morning, I was pleased to see an advertisement for the Interpreter Foundation’s soon-to premiere theatrical film, Witnesses, on an electronic billboard.  And just a few hours ago, I saw the same advertisement on an electronic billboard at the corner of University Parkway and State Street — in other words, at the southwest corner of University Mall — in Orem.  Good grief.  It looks as if this thing could really happen.   If… Read more

May 11, 2021

    I think that I failed to call y0ur attention to this item, which went up two or three days ago on the still barely-alive website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Book of Moses Essays #54: Moses Sees the Garden of Eden (Moses 3): Spiritual Creation (Moses 3:5–7)”   Thinking about creation right now, I can’t help but picture the crater of Haleakala, where we stood on Sunday afternoon.  (See above.)  In a very real way, it is a… Read more

May 10, 2021

    ***   This  interesting reminiscence was just published in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   Gordon C. Thomasson, “Matthew Black and Mircea Eliade Meet Hugh Nibley” Abstract: As a graduate student, Gordon Thomasson had the opportunity to introduce two internationally renowned scholars to the publications and scholarship of Hugh Nibley: Matthew Black, an eminent scholar of ancient Enoch writings; and Mircea Eliade, famed chair of the History of Religions program at the University of Chicago. Upon… Read more

May 10, 2021

    ***   After a leisurely morning that included partaking of the sacrament, we drove over to the Kula district — where, by the way, most of the famous Maui onions are grown —  on the western slope of the massive volcano Haleakalā.  We had a specific reason for going there: We wanted to see the historic little Pulehu Chapel once again.  My next column for Meridian Magazine will probably center, to at least some degree, on Pulehu.  We… Read more

May 9, 2021

    ***   You may perhaps have missed this:   “Apple iTunes Features the Witnesses Movie Trailer on the Front Page of their Movie Trailer Site”   One critic, obviously in acute need of something, anything, negative to say about the Witnesses film in response to the iTunes story, has demanded to know how the film will help people who need food or clean water or comfort in sorrow or relief from disease or help with disability.   To which,… Read more

May 7, 2021

    ***   Two new items have appeared today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   Brant A. Gardner, “Giving the Book of Ether its Proper Due” Review of Daniel L. Belnap, ed., Illuminating the Jaredite Records (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University / Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2020). 320 pages. Hardback, $27.95. Abstract: Illuminating the Jaredite Record collects ten papers by different Book of Mormon scholars. This is the second publication from the Book of Mormon Academy at Brigham Young University, a collection of… Read more

May 7, 2021

    ***   First, though, don’t miss this newly published item on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   ““One Peep at the Other Side”: What Did Hugh Nibley’s Near-Death Experience Teach Him about the Purpose of Life?”   ***   This portion of today’s post is continued from “Addendum 5: Founding the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative at BYU (Part 1)”:   PROFESSOR DR MORITZ-MARIA VON IGELFELD often reflected on how fortunate he was to be exactly who he… Read more

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