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September 10, 2021

    ***   A new article, by Jeff Lindsay, went up earlier today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   “Book of Abraham Polemics: Dan Vogel’s Broad Critique of the Defense of the Book of Abraham” Review of Dan Vogel, Book of Abraham Apologetics: A Review and Critique (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2021). 250 pp. $18.95 (softback). Abstract: Dan Vogel’s latest book claims to offer clear-cut evidence showing what, when, and how Joseph Smith fraudulently translated the Book… Read more

September 9, 2021

    ***   I’ve been quite busy today, and I haven’t been at my computer very much.  Here, though, are links to five articles that you might find of interest and that were published in a prior issue of Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   William J. Hamblin, “The Sôd of Yhwh and the Endowment” Abstract: Most scholars agree that sôd, when used in relationship to God, refers to the heavenly council, which humans may sometimes… Read more

September 8, 2021

    ***   I return to a subject that I raised in my immediately previous blog entry — namely, the seemingly increasing tendency for some members of the Church to put their political ideologies ahead of their loyalty to the prophets and apostles who lead the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I spoke in the previous entry about the First Presidency statement on vaccination against COVID-19 and about Elder Holland’s exhortation to the faculty, staff, and administration… Read more

September 8, 2021

    ***   You may perhaps be aware of the controversy that has recently raged around Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Council of the Twelve.  Last night, Tuesday night, this article by Yr Obd’t Servant went up in Meridian Magazine:   “Elder Holland: What They Heard is Not What He Said”   I hope that it can shed at least a little bit of light on the topic rather than simply generating more heat.   I have to… Read more

September 6, 2021

    ***   A new article by Richard O. Cowan appeared today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   “Latter-day Houses of the Lord: Developments in Their Design and Function” Abstract: This essay traces the modern-day usage and understanding of temples from the Kirtland Temple to Nauvoo and the Salt Lake Temple. Architecture was used to teach principles. While the Kirtland Temple was preparatory (think of the vision of Christ and the conference of keys by Abraham,… Read more

September 5, 2021

    ***   Here are a few additional passages that I marked during my reading of Derek R. Sainsbury’s Storming the Nation: The Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries (Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020).  Please note that such stories as these do not constitute the primary or even secondary focus of the book; they are tangential to its argument:   A small number of electioneers received comfort in what they described as revelatory visions or… Read more

September 4, 2021

    I read Derek R. Sainsbury’s Storming the Nation: The Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries (Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020) today.  Here are some random passages that I marked during my reading:   Most Americans do not know that Joseph Smith ran for president of the United States.  Almost none appreciate that he was the first presidential candidate to be assassinated.  (xi)   Thus Joseph simultaneously prepared to rally his followers and other voters… Read more

September 4, 2021

    ***   I’m told that DVDs of the Interpreter Foundation’s dramatic film, Witnesses, are beginning to appear in local Deseret Book outlets, but I haven’t yet managed to visit a Deseret Bookstore to check.  Can anybody out there confirm the report?   ***   This new item went up today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   Book of Moses Essays #71: The Two Ways (Moses 5): The Prayer of Adam and Eve (Moses 5:4)   And… Read more

September 3, 2021

    ***   Here are links to a few articles that might interest you from a prior volume of Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   L. Michael Morales, “The Tabernacle: Mountain of God in the Cultus of Israel” Abstract: In this article, Michael Morales considers how the building of the Tabernacle had been pre-figured from the earliest narratives of Genesis onward. It describes some of the parallels between the creation, deluge, and Sinai narratives and the… Read more

September 3, 2021

    ***   A new article — this one by Paul Y. Hoskisson — appeared today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   “Additional Janus Parallels in the Book of Mormon” Abstract: A little more than 40 years ago, Cyrus Gordon discovered and described for the first time an ancient literary technique which he had found in the Hebrew Bible, and he gave it a name — a Janus parallel. That is why no one, more than 40 years… Read more




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