Given that today is Friday, it should be no great surprise to anybody that a new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship. It’s by Professor Matthew L. Bowen, of Brigham Young University – Hawaii:
Abstract: Although not evident at first glance, shared terminology and phraseology in Malachi 3:1 (3 Nephi 24:1) and Moroni 7:29–32 suggest textual dependency of the latter on the former. Jesus’s dictation of Malachi 3–4 to the Lamanites and Nephites at the temple in Bountiful, as recorded and preserved on the plates of Nephi, helped provide Mormon a partial scriptural and doctrinal basis for his teachings on the ministering of angels, angels/messengers of the covenant, the “work” of “the covenants of the Father,” and “prepar[ing] the way” in his sermon as preserved in Moroni 7. This article explores the implications of Mormon’s use of Malachi 3:1. It further explores the meaning of the name Malachi (“[Yahweh is] my messenger,” “my angel”) in its ancient Israelite scriptural context and the temple context within which Jesus uses it in 3 Nephi 24:1.
You might perhaps find this of interest in connection with my “New Testament Note 13,” which is focused on John the Baptist:
From the Deseret News:
And here’s a related piece:
For your study of this year’s New Testament curriculum:
Robert Boylan issues strong endorsements of Julie Smith’s new Latter-day Saint commentary on the gospel of Mark:
I’m not precisely sure what we’re supposed to do about this situation in Utah, or whether it’s thought to constitute some sort of problem:
Are nonmembers of the Church perhaps barred from seeking political office in Utah? Does the state’s constitution mandate a minimum percentage of Latter-day Saints in Utah’s House and Senate? Is there a religion test for voting in the state?
Should the results of democratic elections in Utah be modified in order to meet religious quotas? Is there something wrong with people being allowed to vote? Did the current members of the state legislature exercise mystic Mormon voodoo powers in order to gain control of the government?