Audio podcast of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture

Audio podcast of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture

Audio of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Audio podcast of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture

Description

A nonprofit educational journal focused on the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, the Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, early LDS history, and related subjects. All publications are peer-reviewed and are made available as free internet downloads or through at-cost print-on-demand services.

Episodes

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 47 (1-3 John and Jude)

Nov 14, 2019 55:22

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 47, “God Is Love,” covering the books of 1–3 John and Jude. The panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the November 10, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may […]

Interpreter Radio Show — November 10, 2019

Nov 14, 2019 1:51:08

Description:

You can listen to or download the November 10 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. The discussion covered the textual history of biblical manuscripts. Also included was a roundtable on the upcoming Come, Follow […]

Memory and Millennials: A Review of First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins

Nov 8, 2019 17:18

Description:

Abstract: The multiple historical accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision have been an area of intense study, debate, and discussion for several decades. The newest addition to the discussion is a specialized monograph engaging the various accounts of the First Vision through the lens of psychology and, particularly, memory studies. This book, authored by Steven C. […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 46 (1 and 2 Peter)

Nov 5, 2019 53:27

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 46, “Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory,” covering 1 and 2 Peter. The panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, Spencer Marsh and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the November 3, 2019 broadcast of […]

Interpreter Radio Show — November 3, 2019

Nov 5, 2019 1:52:50

Description:

You can listen to or download the November 3 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, Spencer Marsh and Hales Swift. The discussion included the work of linguist Brian Stubbs, the word Shinehah in the Book […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 45 (James)

Nov 2, 2019 46:15

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 45, “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only,” covering the Epistle of James. The panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley, Craig Foster and Dan Ellsworth. This roundtable was extracted from the October 27, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. […]

Interpreter Radio Show — October 27, 2019

Nov 2, 2019 1:33:05

Description:

You can listen to or download the October 27 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Steve Densley, Craig Foster and Dan Ellsworth, discussing the dynamics of losing and recovering your faith. Also included was the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #45 […]

The Role and Purpose of Synagogues in the Days of Jesus and Paul

Nov 1, 2019 21:56

Description:

Abstract: This article explores why Jesus so often healed in synagogues. By comparing the uses and purposes of Diaspora and Palestinian synagogues, this article argues that synagogues functioned as a hostel or community center of sorts in ancient Jewish society. That is, those needing healing would seek out such services and resources at the synagogue. What […]

Ministering across Fault Lines of Belief and Community

Oct 25, 2019 1:02:32

Description:

Review of David B. Ostler, Bridges: Ministering to Those Who Question (Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2019), 206 pp. $32.95 (hardback), $20.95 (paperback). Abstract: David Ostler’s book Bridges: Ministering to Those Who Question addresses the daunting task of ministering to people who have grown disillusioned with the core doctrines and the community of believers […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 44 (Hebrews 7-13)

Oct 24, 2019 49:47

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 44, “An High Priest of Good Things to Come,” covering Hebrews 7-13. The panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster, Kris Fredrickson and Mike Parker. This roundtable was extracted from the October 20, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may […]

Interpreter Radio Show — October 20, 2019

Oct 24, 2019 1:34:12

Description:

You can listen to or download the October 20 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Bruce Webster, Kris Fredrickson and Mike Parker. The discussion was centered on the recent General Conference addresses as well as a sobering conversation on human trafficking. […]

An American Indian Language Family with Middle Eastern Loanwords: Responding to A Recent Critique

Oct 18, 2019 43:38

Description:

Abstract: In 2015 Brian Stubbs published a landmark book, demonstrating that Uto-Aztecan, an American Indian language family, contains a vast number of Northwest Semitic and Egyptian loanwords spoken in the first millennium bc. Unlike other similar claims — absurd, eccentric, and without substance — Stubbs’s book is a serious, linguistically based study that deserves serious consideration. In the […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 43 (Hebrews 1-6)

Oct 17, 2019 55:20

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 43, Jesus Christ, “the Author of Eternal Salvation,” covering Hebrews 1-6. The panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the October 13, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be […]

Interpreter Radio Show — October 13, 2019

Oct 17, 2019 1:49:54

Description:

You can listen to or download the October 13 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. The discussion was centered on the recent General Conference. Also included is the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #43 […]

Recent Reflections While Partaking of the Sacrament

Oct 11, 2019 16:23

Description:

Abstract: Sometimes, obedience to the principles of the Gospel and tending faithfully to our stewardships can seem — and can be — a burden. Moreover, we mortal humans are fallible and weak, and we’re free. Accordingly, I’m convinced that the Father (a supremely masterful strategist and tactician) builds in redundancies so as to ensure that his […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 42 (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon)

Oct 11, 2019 56:02

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 42, “Be Thou an Example of the Believers,” covering 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon. The panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, Stephen Smoot and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the October 6, 2019 broadcast of […]

Interpreter Radio Show — October 6, 2019

Oct 11, 2019 1:55:04

Description:

You can listen to or download the October 6 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, Stephen Smoot and Hales Swift. The discussion was centered on the recent General Conference. Also included is the upcoming Come, Follow Me […]

Could Joseph Smith Have Drawn on Ancient Manuscripts When He Translated the Story of Enoch?: Recent Updates on a Persistent Question

Oct 4, 2019 59:16

Description:

Abstract: In this article, we offer a general critique of scholarship that has argued for Joseph Smith’s reliance on 1 Enoch or other ancient pseudepigrapha for the Enoch chapters in the Book of Moses. Our findings highlight the continued difficulties of scholars to sustain such arguments credibly. Following this general critique, we describe the current […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 41 (1 and 2 Thessalonians)

Oct 2, 2019 51:22

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 41, “Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled,” covering 1 and 2 Thessalonians. The panelist for this roundtable was Martin Tanner. This roundtable was extracted from the September 29, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard […]

Interpreter Radio Show — September 29, 2019

Oct 2, 2019 1:38:41

Description:

You can listen to or download the September 29 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The host was Martin Tanner. Martin interviews David Ostler about his important new book, Bridges: Ministering to those who Question. Also included is the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson […]

Lehi, Joseph, and the Kingdom of Israel

Sep 27, 2019 37:39

Description:

Abstract: I present evidence of two priesthoods in the Jewish Bible: an Aaronite priesthood, held by Aaron and passed down through his descendants; and a higher Mushite priesthood, held not only by Moses and his descendants but also by other worthy individuals, such as Joshua, an Ephraimite. The Mushite priests were centered in Shiloh, where Joshua […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 40 (Philippians & Colossians)

Sep 26, 2019 44:17

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 40, “I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me,” covering Philippians and Colossians. Panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley and Matthew Bowen. This roundtable was extracted from the September 22, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may […]

Interpreter Radio Show — September 22, 2019

Sep 26, 2019 1:29:08

Description:

You can listen to or download the September 22 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Steve Densley and Matthew Bowen. This episode features an interview with Hany Tawfik on travel in Egypt, Stylometry and a recent address by President Nelson. Also […]

Gentiles in the Book of Mormon

Sep 20, 2019 40:13

Description:

Abstract: The word Gentiles appears 141 times in the Book of Mormon (the singular Gentile appears only five times.) It appears more frequently than key words such as baptize, resurrection, Zion, and truth. The word Gentiles does not appear with equal frequency throughout the Book of Mormon; in fact, it appears in only five of […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 39 (Ephesians)

Sep 19, 2019 44:31

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 39, “For the Perfecting of the Saints,” covering Ephesians. Panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster and Mark Johnson. This roundtable was extracted from the September 15, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-september-15-2019/. The Interpreter […]

Interpreter Radio Show — September 15, 2019

Sep 19, 2019 1:28:17

Description:

You can listen to or download the September 15 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Bruce Webster and Mark Johnson. This episode features Bruce Webster sharing his conversion story as well as the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #39 on Ephesians. […]

Never Static, Never Simple: One Woman’s Conversations Within the Marginalia of If Truth Were a Child

Sep 13, 2019 25:12

Description:

Review of George B. Handley, If Truth Were A Child: Essays, (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2019), 253 pp. $19.99 (paperback). Abstract: George B. Handley challenges his readers to reevaluate conventional definitions of truth and the approaches they employ to define their own truths. He argues that the individual quest for truth […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 38

Sep 11, 2019 43:12

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 38, “Walk in the Spirit,” covering Galatians. Panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the September 8, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-september-8-2019/. The […]

Interpreter Radio Show — September 8, 2019

Sep 11, 2019 1:26:41

Description:

You can listen to or download the September 8 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This episode features an interview with Terryl Givens on his new book The Pearl of Greatest Price as well […]

What Did the Interpreters (Urim and Thummim) Look Like?

Sep 6, 2019 56:57

Description:

ABSTRACT: The interpreters were a pair of seer stones used by Book of Mormon prophets and provided to Joseph Smith for translating the Nephite record. Martin Harris described them as two white, marble- like stones that could be looked into when placed in a hat. Joseph Smith described them as spectacles with which he could read the record and later as two […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 37

Sep 6, 2019 44:45

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 37, “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” covering 2 Corinthians 8-13. Panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, and Spencer Marsh. This roundtable was extracted from the September 1, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard […]

Interpreter Radio Show — September 1, 2019

Sep 6, 2019 1:27:38

Description:

You can listen to or download the September 1 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, and Spencer Marsh. Topics included a new book by Steven Harper and the new Interpreter article by Noel Reynolds and the upcoming […]

The Language of the Spirit in the Book of Mormon

Aug 30, 2019 1:22:14

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Abstract: This study provides students of the Book of Mormon with the first comprehensive analysis of the many ways in which the word “spirit” is used in that volume of scripture. It demonstrates how the titles “Holy Ghost,” “Spirit of God,” “Spirit of the Lord,” “Holy Spirit,” and “the Spirit” are used interchangeably to refer to the […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 36

Aug 28, 2019 45:34

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 36, “Be Ye Reconciled to God,” covering 2 Corinthians 1-7. Panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley, Craig Foster and Matthew Bowen with guest John Gee. This roundtable was extracted from the August 25, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 35

Aug 26, 2019 48:41

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 35, “God Is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace,” covering 1 Corinthians 14-16. Panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster, Kris Fredrickson and Mike Parker. This roundtable was extracted from the August 18, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The […]

Interpreter Radio Show — August 18, 20198

Aug 26, 2019 1:35:16

Description:

You can listen to or download the August 18 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Bruce Webster, Kris Fredrickson and Mike Parker. Topics included the Word of Wisdom, the teachings of church leaders and the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #35 […]

The Joseph Smith Papers Project Stumbles

Aug 23, 2019 22:13

Description:

Review of The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts, eds. Robin Scott Jensen and Brian M. Hauglid (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2018), 381 pages. Abstract: Volume 4 of the Revelations and Translations series of the Joseph Smith Papers does not live up to the standards set in […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 34

Aug 17, 2019 49:05

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 34, “Ye Are the Body of Christ,” covering 1 Corinthians 8-13. Panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the August 11, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be […]

Interpreter Radio Show — August 11, 2019

Aug 16, 2019 1:36:00

Description:

You can listen to or download the August 11 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. Topics included the FAIRMormon conference and the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #34 on 1 Corinthians 8-13. The Interpreter […]

Jacob Did Not Make a False Prediction

Aug 16, 2019 30:23

Description:

Review of Adam S. Miller, “Reading Signs or Repeating Symptoms,” in Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7, eds. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017), 10 pages (chapter), 174 pages (book). Abstract. The Neal A. Maxwell Institute recently published a volume on the encounter between Jacob and Sherem in Jacob […]

Jacob Did Not Make a False Prediction

Aug 16, 2019 30:23

Description:

Review of Adam S. Miller, “Reading Signs or Repeating Symptoms,” in Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7, eds. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017), 10 pages (chapter), 174 pages (book). Abstract. The Neal … Continue reading →

Welding Another Link in Wonder’s Chain: The Task of Latter-day Saint Intellectuals in the Church’s Third Century

Aug 9, 2019 35:28

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Abstract: This is a challenging moment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. Both its efforts at retention and missionary work are less effective than they have been in the past. At this moment, what is the most important task facing Latter-day Saint intellectuals? In contrast to those who argue that faithful thinkers and […]

Welding Another Link in Wonder’s Chain: The Task of Latter-day Saint Intellectuals in the Church’s Third Century

Aug 9, 2019 35:28

Description:

Abstract: This is a challenging moment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. Both its efforts at retention and missionary work are less effective than they have been in the past. At this moment, what is the most important … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 33

Aug 7, 2019 50:23

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 33, “Be Perfectly Joined Together,” covering 1 Corinthians 1-7. Panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, Stephen Smoot and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the August 4, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be […]

Interpreter Radio Show — August 4, 2019

Aug 6, 2019 1:39:49

Description:

You can listen to or download the August 4 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Neal Rappleye, Jasmine Rappleye, Stephen Smoot and Hales Swift. They were joined in studio by Spencer Marsh and Jaxon Washburn. Topics include a discussion of Early […]

Text as Afterthought: Jana Riess’s Treatment of the Jacob-Sherem Episode

Aug 2, 2019 42:41

Description:

Review of Jana Riess, “‘There Came a Man’: Sherem, Scapegoating, and the Inversion of Prophetic Tradition,” in Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7, eds. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017), 17 pages (chapter), 174 pages (book). Abstract: The Neal A. Maxwell Institute recently published a book on the […]

Text as Afterthought: Jana Riess’s Treatment of the Jacob-Sherem Episode

Aug 2, 2019 42:41

Description:

Review of Jana Riess, “‘There Came a Man’: Sherem, Scapegoating, and the Inversion of Prophetic Tradition,” in Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7, eds. Adam S. Miller and Joseph M. Spencer (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017), 17 pages … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 32

Jul 31, 2019 44:18

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 32, “Overcome Evil with Good,” covering Romans 7-16. Panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley and Matt Bowen. This roundtable was extracted from the July 28, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-july-28-2019/. The Interpreter […]

Interpreter Radio Show — July 28, 2019

Jul 31, 2019 1:29:45

Description:

You can listen to or download the July 28 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Steve Densley and Matt Bowen. Topics include a discussion of the FAIRMormon conference, recent Interpreter publications and the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #32 on the […]

Comparing Phonemic Patterns in Book of Mormon Personal Names with Fictional and Authentic Sources: An Exploratory Study

Jul 26, 2019 36:02

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Abstract: In 2013 we published a study examining names from Solomon Spalding’s fictional manuscript, J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional works, and nineteenth-century US census records. Results showed names created by authors of fiction followed phonemic patterns that differed from those of authentic names from a variety of cultural origins found in the US census. The current study […]

Comparing Phonemic Patterns in Book of Mormon Personal Names with Fictional and Authentic Sources: An Exploratory Study

Jul 26, 2019 36:02

Description:

Abstract: In 2013 we published a study examining names from Solomon Spalding’s fictional manuscript, J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional works, and nineteenth-century US census records. Results showed names created by authors of fiction followed phonemic patterns that differed from those of … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 31

Jul 26, 2019 36:08

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 31, “The Power of God unto Salvation,” covering Romans 1-6. Panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley and Mike Parker. This roundtable was extracted from the July 21, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-july-21-2019/. […]

Interpreter Radio Show — July 21, 2019

Jul 26, 2019 1:33:52

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You can listen to or download the July 21 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). The hosts were Steve Densley and Mike Parker. Topics include a discussion of the Book of Abraham. Also featured is a discussion of the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson […]

A Precious Resource with Some Gaps

Jul 19, 2019 3:27:48

Description:

Review of The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts, eds. Robin Scott Jensen and Brian M. Hauglid (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2018), 381 pages.   Abstract: The publication of high-resolution … Continue reading →

A Precious Resource with Some Gaps

Jul 19, 2019 3:27:48

Description:

Review of The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts, eds. Robin Scott Jensen and Brian M. Hauglid (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2018), 381 pages.   Abstract: The publication of high-resolution documents and carefully prepared transcripts related to the origins of the Book of Abraham in […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 30

Jul 18, 2019 46:01

Description:

This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 30, “A Minister and a Witness,” covering Acts 22-28. Panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the July 14, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at […]

Interpreter Radio Show — July 14, 2019

Jul 18, 2019 1:32:04

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The July 14 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. Topics included the 90th anniversary of the Choir at Temple Square and new books about the New Testament. Also featured is a discussion of the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #30.

Shazer: An Etymological Proposal in Narrative Context

Jul 12, 2019 20:09

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Abstract: In 1 Nephi 16:13–14, Nephi mentions the name Shazer as a toponym the Lehite clan bestowed on a site in western Arabia “four days” journey south-southeast of the valley of Laman. The Lehites used this site as a base camp for a major hunting expedition. A footnote to the first mention of the name Shazer in the 1981 and 2013 Latter-day […]

Shazer: An Etymological Proposal in Narrative Context

Jul 12, 2019 20:09

Description:

Abstract: In 1 Nephi 16:13–14, Nephi mentions the name Shazer as a toponym the Lehite clan bestowed on a site in western Arabia “four days” journey south-southeast of the valley of Laman. The Lehites used this site as a base camp for a major hunting expedition. … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 29

Jul 10, 2019 46:54

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 29, “The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel,” covering Acts 16-21. Panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Spencer Marsh, Stephen Smoot and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the July 7, 2019 broadcast of […]

Interpreter Radio Show — July 7, 2019

Jul 10, 2019 1:31:15

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The June 30 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Spencer Marsh, Stephen Smoot and Hales Swift. Topics included the 4th of July, the physical nature of God and Philistine DNA. Also featured is a discussion of the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #29.

Compassion as the Heart of the Gospel

Jul 5, 2019 25:30

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Abstract: The Greek philosopher Aristotle, clearly one of the world’s great geniuses, created the concept of the “unmoved mover,” which moves “other things, but is, itself, unmoved by anything else.” This label became the standard Jewish, Christian, and Muslim description … Continue reading →

Compassion as the Heart of the Gospel

Jul 5, 2019 25:30

Description:

Abstract: The Greek philosopher Aristotle, clearly one of the world’s great geniuses, created the concept of the “unmoved mover,” which moves “other things, but is, itself, unmoved by anything else.” This label became the standard Jewish, Christian, and Muslim description of an impersonal God — a God without body, parts or passions — a concept […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 28

Jul 4, 2019 47:35

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 28, “The Word of God Grew and Multiplied,” covering Acts 10-15. Panelists for this roundtable were Martin Tanner and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the June 30, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at […]

Interpreter Radio Show — June 30, 2019

Jul 4, 2019 1:35:41

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The June 30 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Martin Tanner and Kevin Christensen. John W. and Jeannie Welch stop by to talk about Book of Mormon Central as well as their new book on the New Testament parables. Also featured is a discussion of the upcoming Come, Follow Me lesson #28.

A Nourishing and Accessible Read

Jun 28, 2019 4:47

Description:

Review of Michaela Stephens, To Defend Them By Stratagem: Fortify Yourself with Book of Mormon War Tactics (Gilbert, AZ: Lion’s Whelp Publications, 2018). 246 pp. $12.99 (paperback). Abstract: Sometimes it is easy to overlook, disregard, or discount the “war chapters” in the … Continue reading →

A Nourishing and Accessible Read

Jun 28, 2019 4:47

Description:

Review of Michaela Stephens, To Defend Them By Stratagem: Fortify Yourself with Book of Mormon War Tactics (Gilbert, AZ: Lion’s Whelp Publications, 2018). 246 pp. $12.99 (paperback). Abstract: Sometimes it is easy to overlook, disregard, or discount the “war chapters” in the Book of Mormon. Michaela Stephens’ new book about these chapters deserves wider attention, as it is an […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 27

Jun 26, 2019 33:49

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 27, “What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?,” covering Acts 6-9. Panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley, Craig Foster, Matthew Bowen and Jeff Lindsay. This roundtable was extracted from the June 23, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show […]

Interpreter Radio Show — June 23, 2019

Jun 26, 2019 1:36:30

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The June 23broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Steve Densley, Craig Foster, Matthew Bowen and Jeff Lindsay who discussed the ancient near east and the Book of Abraham, as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 27.

“And They Shall Be Had Again”: Onomastic Allusions to Joseph in Moses 1:41 in View of the So-called Canon Formula

Jun 21, 2019 17:35

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Abstract: Moses 1:41 echoes or plays on the etymological meaning of the name Joseph — “may he [Yahweh] add,” as the Lord foretells to Moses the raising up of a future figure through whom the Lord’s words, after having been “taken” (away) from the book that Moses would write, “shall be had again among the children […]

“And They Shall Be Had Again”: Onomastic Allusions to Joseph in Moses 1:41 in View of the So-called Canon Formula

Jun 21, 2019

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Abstract: Moses 1:41 echoes or plays on the etymological meaning of the name Joseph — “may he [Yahweh] add,” as the Lord foretells to Moses the raising up of a future figure through whom the Lord’s words, after having been “taken” … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 26

Jun 20, 2019 48:32

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 26, “Ye Shall Be Witnesses unto Me,” covering Acts 1–5. Panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson and Mike Parker. This roundtable was extracted from the June 16, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard […]

Interpreter Radio Show — June 16, 2019

Jun 20, 2019 1:40:14

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The June 16 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson and Mike Parker who discussed Father’s Day and recent Church news as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 26.

Prospering in the Land: A Comparison of Covenant Promises in Leviticus and First Nephi 2

Jun 14, 2019 14:45

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Abstract: A careful examination of the Abrahamic covenant, as contained in Leviticus 26, and the covenant established with the Lehites during their exodus to the New World, found in 1 Nephi 2, shows deliberate similarities. These similarities are important to understand, as the role of covenant is central in both ancient Israelite practice and current […]

Prospering in the Land: A Comparison of Covenant Promises in Leviticus and First Nephi 2

Jun 14, 2019

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Abstract: A careful examination of the Abrahamic covenant, as contained in Leviticus 26, and the covenant established with the Lehites during their exodus to the New World, found in 1 Nephi 2, shows deliberate similarities. These similarities are important to understand, as the … Continue reading →

Interpreter Radio Show — June 9, 2019

Jun 12, 2019 1:34:11

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The June 9 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Martin Tanner, John Gee and Kevin Christensen who discussed the Annotated Book of Mormon, took a few phone calls as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 25.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 25

Jun 12, 2019 48:48

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 25, “He Is Risen,” covering Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20-21. Panelists for this roundtable were Martin Tanner, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the June 9, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete […]

“Yes, It’s True, But I Don’t Think They Like to Hear it Quite That Way”: What Spencer W. Kimball Told Elaine Cannon

Jun 7, 2019

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Abstract: Elaine Cannon, who was general president of the Young Women some four decades ago, had an interesting conversation with President Spencer W. Kimball in 1978. According to Sister Cannon’s firsthand account, President Kimball revealed important insight into how he … Continue reading →

“Yes, It’s True, But I Don’t Think They Like to Hear it Quite That Way”: What Spencer W. Kimball Told Elaine Cannon

Jun 7, 2019 14:47

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Abstract: Elaine Cannon, who was general president of the Young Women some four decades ago, had an interesting conversation with President Spencer W. Kimball in 1978. According to Sister Cannon’s firsthand account, President Kimball revealed important insight into how he thought about himself as the prophet as well as how he thought leaders should talk […]

Interpreter Radio Show — June 2, 2019

Jun 6, 2019 1:45:56

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The June 2 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Spencer Marsh and Hales Swift who discussed Epistamology, the upcoming FairMormon Conference as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 24.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 24

Jun 6, 2019 47:12

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 24, “It Is Finished,” covering Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 19. Panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Spencer Marsh and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the June 2, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. […]

Interpreter Radio Show — May 26, 2019

Jun 4, 2019 1:31:51

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The May 26 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster, Craig Foster and Matt Bowen who discussed Foster’s upcoming book on polygamy as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 23.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 23

Jun 4, 2019 45:39

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 23, “Not as I Will, but as Thou Wilt,” covering Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22 and John 18. Panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster, Craig Foster and Matt Bowen. This roundtable was extracted from the May 26, 2019 broadcast […]

Interpreter Radio Show — May 19, 2019

May 31, 2019 1:27:56

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The May 19 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster and Kris Fredrickson who discussed some current events as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 22.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 22

May 31, 2019 45:09

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 22, “Continue Ye in My Love,” covering John 13-17. Panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster and Kris Frederickson. This roundtable was extracted from the May 19, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-may-19-2019/. The […]

The Lives of Abraham: Seeing Abraham through the Eyes of Second-Temple Jews

May 31, 2019

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Abstract: During the Second-Temple Period, Jews remembered and reimagined the story of Abraham to address their own immediate historical and cultural concerns. By exploring these reimaginations, we learn more about the faith and interests of later Jews who looked to … Continue reading →

The Lives of Abraham: Seeing Abraham through the Eyes of Second-Temple Jews

May 31, 2019 53:37

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Abstract: During the Second-Temple Period, Jews remembered and reimagined the story of Abraham to address their own immediate historical and cultural concerns. By exploring these reimaginations, we learn more about the faith and interests of later Jews who looked to their forefather for inspiration and guidance on how to live in a world of change, opportunity, […]

Interpreter Radio Show — May 12, 2019

May 25, 2019 1:29:47

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The May 12 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Terry Hutchinson, and Kevin Christensen who discussed the influence of mothers and new books as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 21.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 21

May 25, 2019 42:43

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 21, “The Son of Man Shall Come,” covering Joseph Smith-Matthew 1, Matthew 25, Mark 12-13 and Luke 21. Panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the May 12, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. […]

D&C 21, George Albert Smith, and Hugh B. Brown: A Fresh Look at Three Incidents in Church History

May 24, 2019 48:22

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Abstract. When discussions arise about the relationship between Church members and the prophets who lead them, certain episodes in Church history often appear. These include the Lord’s words about “all patience and faith” in Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–5, as well as incidents involving George Albert Smith and Hugh B. Brown. On the surface, such episodes might seem […]

D&C 21, George Albert Smith, and Hugh B. Brown: A Fresh Look at Three Incidents in Church History

May 24, 2019

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Abstract. When discussions arise about the relationship between Church members and the prophets who lead them, certain episodes in Church history often appear. These include the Lord’s words about “all patience and faith” in Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–5, as well … Continue reading →

Interpreter Radio Show — May 5, 2019

May 24, 2019 1:31:52

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The May 5 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, Hales Swift where they discussed the Interpreter article on Joseph Smith as the World’s Greatest Guesser and a new volume on the New Testament as well as a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 20.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 20

May 24, 2019 46:30

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 20, “Behold, Thy King Cometh,” covering Matthew 21-23, Mark 11, Luke 19-20 and John 12. Panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the May 5, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter […]

The Māori Latter-day Saint Historical Narrative: Additions and Amendments

May 17, 2019

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Abstract: Selwyn Kātene has again assembled twelve essays written by the descendants of famous Māori Latter-day Saints. This volume flows from a revival of interest in the ground and content of the faith of early Māori Saints that began in the late … Continue reading →

The Māori Latter-day Saint Historical Narrative: Additions and Amendments

May 17, 2019 1:02:55

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Abstract: Selwyn Kātene has again assembled twelve essays written by the descendants of famous Māori Latter-day Saints. This volume flows from a revival of interest in the ground and content of the faith of early Māori Saints that began in the late 1990s. In various ways the essays in this volume add to and amend what has […]

Joseph Knew First: Moses, the Egyptian Son

May 10, 2019

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Abstract: After about 1500 years of slumber, ancient Egyptian was brought back to life in the early 19th century, when scholars deciphered hieroglyphs. This revolutionary success opened the door to a reevaluation of history from the viewpoint of ancient Egypt. In … Continue reading →

Joseph Knew First: Moses, the Egyptian Son

May 10, 2019 26:18

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Abstract: After about 1500 years of slumber, ancient Egyptian was brought back to life in the early 19th century, when scholars deciphered hieroglyphs. This revolutionary success opened the door to a reevaluation of history from the viewpoint of ancient Egypt. In the wake of this new knowledge, the first scholar posited the idea in 1849 that […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 19

May 4, 2019 52:11

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 19, “What Lack I Yet?,” covering Matthew 19-20, Mark 10 and Luke 18. Panelists for this roundtable were Martin Tanner and Matthew Bowen. This roundtable was extracted from the April 28, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be […]

Interpreter Radio Show — April 28, 2019

May 4, 2019 1:45:37

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The April 21 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson and Mike Parker who discussed the fire at Notre Dame and conducted a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 18

Joseph Smith: The World’s Greatest Guesser (A Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Positive and Negative Correspondences between the Book of Mormon and The Maya)

May 3, 2019 57:43

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Abstract: Dr. Michael Coe is a prominent Mesoamerican scholar and author of a synthesis and review of ancient Mesoamerican Indian cultures entitled The Maya.1 Dr. Coe is also a prominent skeptic of the Book of Mormon. However, there is in his book strong evidence that … Continue reading →

Joseph Smith: The World’s Greatest Guesser (A Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Positive and Negative Correspondences between the Book of Mormon and The Maya)

May 3, 2019 57:43

Description:

Abstract: Dr. Michael Coe is a prominent Mesoamerican scholar and author of a synthesis and review of ancient Mesoamerican Indian cultures entitled The Maya.1 Dr. Coe is also a prominent skeptic of the Book of Mormon. However, there is in his book strong evidence that favors the Book of Mormon, which Dr. Coe has not taken into account. This article analyzes that […]

Interpreter Radio Show — April 21, 2019

Apr 29, 2019 1:29:00

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The April 21 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson and Mike Parker who discussed the fire at Notre Dame and conducted a Come, Follow Me roundtable for lesson 18

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 18

Apr 29, 2019 45:11

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 18, “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost,” covering Luke 12–17 and John 11. Panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson and Mike Parker. This roundtable was extracted from the April 21, 2019 broadcast […]

Interpreter Radio Show — April 14, 2019

Apr 29, 2019 1:30:48

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The April 14 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen, interviewing John W. and Jeannie Welch

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 17

Apr 29, 2019 46:01

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 17, “I Am the Good Shepherd,” covering John 7-10. Panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen, together with John W. and Jeannie Welch. This roundtable was extracted from the April 14, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. […]

Procedural Violations in the Trial of the Woman Taken in Adultery

Apr 26, 2019 33:15

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Abstract: The story in John 8 of the woman taken in adultery is sometimes used to argue that Jesus was lenient toward sin and that we should be too. However, when placed in its broader context, we can see the … Continue reading →

Procedural Violations in the Trial of the Woman Taken in Adultery

Apr 26, 2019 33:15

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Abstract: The story in John 8 of the woman taken in adultery is sometimes used to argue that Jesus was lenient toward sin and that we should be too. However, when placed in its broader context, we can see the story is not one in which Christ shows indifference or contempt for the law, but […]

Interpreter Radio Show — April 7, 2019

Apr 24, 2019 1:29:23

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The April 7 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, and Hales Swift, and they discuseds General Conference and changes in Church policies.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 16

Apr 24, 2019 45:33

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 16, “What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?,” covering Matthew 18 and Luke 10. Panelists for this roundtable were Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the April 7, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter […]

The Crucifixion as a Mockery, Witness, and Warning of the Judgment

Apr 19, 2019 42:01

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Abstract: In its action, setting, and arrangement, the crucifixion may be viewed as a stark mockery of the final judgment scene. This article provides a brief review of the relevant scriptures, considered together with some related apocryphal and other early Christian writings of interest in regard to the crucifixion. These sources point to the interpretation that the […]

The Crucifixion as a Mockery, Witness, and Warning of the Judgment

Apr 19, 2019 42:01

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Abstract: In its action, setting, and arrangement, the crucifixion may be viewed as a stark mockery of the final judgment scene. This article provides a brief review of the relevant scriptures, considered together with some related apocryphal and other early Christian writings … Continue reading →

The First Easter

Apr 19, 2019 15:16

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Abstract: Scriptural accounts are rife with information about the import of the first Easter. Understanding the events of the week before the death and resurrection of Christ can help us appreciate the words of the witnesses as well as the importance of these events in our lives. All Easter celebrations, Orthodox or Western, reach back […]

The First Easter

Apr 19, 2019 15:16

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Abstract: Scriptural accounts are rife with information about the import of the first Easter. Understanding the events of the week before the death and resurrection of Christ can help us appreciate the words of the witnesses as well as the … Continue reading →

Interpreter Radio Show — March 24, 2019

Apr 17, 2019 1:36:11

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The March 24 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Steve Densley and Matt Bowen, where they discuss the New Testament with Professor Eric Huntsman.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 15

Apr 17, 2019 49:21

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 15, Easter: “O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?,” covering Matthew 21-28; Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19-29 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 55. Panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley, Matt Bowen and Eric Huntsman. This roundtable was extracted from the March […]

The Record of My Father

Apr 12, 2019 57:31

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Abstract: In 1 Nephi 1:16–17, Nephi tells us he is abridging “the record of my father.” The specific words Nephi uses in his writings form several basic but important patterns and features used repeatedly by Nephi and also by other Book of Mormon writers. These patterns and features provide context that appears to indicate that Nephi’s abridgment of Lehi’s […]

The Record of My Father

Apr 12, 2019 57:31

Description:

Abstract: In 1 Nephi 1:16–17, Nephi tells us he is abridging “the record of my father.” The specific words Nephi uses in his writings form several basic but important patterns and features used repeatedly by Nephi and also by other Book of Mormon writers. … Continue reading →

Interpreter Radio Show — March 31, 2019

Apr 8, 2019 1:36:55

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The March 31 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Martin Tanner where he discussed the origins of the New Testament and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Revisiting “Sariah” at Elephantine

Apr 5, 2019 8:18

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Abstract: Jeffrey R. Chadwick has previously called attention to the name ŚRYH (Seraiah/Sariah) as a Hebrew woman’s name in the Jewish community at Elephantine. Paul Y. Hoskisson, however, felt this evidence was not definitive because part of the text was missing and had to be restored. Now a more recently published ostracon from Elephantine, which contains a sure […]

Revisiting “Sariah” at Elephantine

Apr 5, 2019 8:18

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Abstract: Jeffrey R. Chadwick has previously called attention to the name ŚRYH (Seraiah/Sariah) as a Hebrew woman’s name in the Jewish community at Elephantine. Paul Y. Hoskisson, however, felt this evidence was not definitive because part of the text was missing … Continue reading →

Research and More Research

Mar 29, 2019 21:05

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Abstract: Young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have grown up with a plethora of information available to answer the questions they may have about the Gospel. This, in turn, has allowed discordant information to cause concern in … Continue reading →

Research and More Research

Mar 29, 2019 21:05

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Abstract: Young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have grown up with a plethora of information available to answer the questions they may have about the Gospel. This, in turn, has allowed discordant information to cause concern in many members, ultimately drawing some away from the Gospel. In a recent address to young, married […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 14

Mar 27, 2019 45:36

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 14, “Thou Art the Christ,” covering Matthew chapters 16 and 17, Mark 9 and Luke 9. Panelists for this roundtable were Bruce Webster and Mike Parker. This roundtable was extracted from the March 17, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete […]

Interpreter Radio Show — March 17, 2019

Mar 26, 2019 1:34:21

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The March 17 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster and Mike Parker. Discussed was the Come Follow Me lesson 14 as well as changes under the guidance of President Nelson and a discussion of the new temple in Rome.

Interpreter Radio Show — March 10, 2019

Mar 24, 2019 1:31:54

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The March 10 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. Discussed was the Come Follow Me lesson 13 as well as a discussion of various Biblical translations.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 13

Mar 24, 2019 45:37

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 13, “Be Not Afraid,” covering Matthew chapters 14-15, Mark 6-7 and John 5-6. Panelists for this roundtable were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin Christensen. This roundtable was extracted from the March 10, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show […]

I Don’t Have a Testimony of the History of the Church

Mar 22, 2019 40:53

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Abstract: In this masterful presentation, accomplished historian Davis Bitton addresses the role of history and belief. Testimonies, he asserts, are born of belief and spiritual witnesses, not from historical events. It is quite possible to know all about Church history and still remain a believing member. [Editor’s Note: This essay was presented at the 2004 FAIR Conference.1 […]

I Don’t Have a Testimony of the History of the Church

Mar 22, 2019 40:53

Description:

Abstract: In this masterful presentation, accomplished historian Davis Bitton addresses the role of history and belief. Testimonies, he asserts, are born of belief and spiritual witnesses, not from historical events. It is quite possible to know all about Church history and … Continue reading →

An Approach to History

Mar 22, 2019 15:12

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Abstract: When researching and evaluating historical information, it is easy to come across things that may lead to a crisis of faith. Some of those crises may lead individuals to leave the Church and actively proselytize against it. It is much better when dealing with historical issues to approach them from a standpoint of charity, treating historical […]

An Approach to History

Mar 22, 2019 15:12

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Abstract: When researching and evaluating historical information, it is easy to come across things that may lead to a crisis of faith. Some of those crises may lead individuals to leave the Church and actively proselytize against it. It is much … Continue reading →

Seeing Psalms as the Libretti of a Holy Drama

Mar 15, 2019 34:13

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Abstract: Psalms was the favorite Old Testament book at Qumran and in the New Testament; the Book of Mormon contains more than three dozen allusions to Psalms. While Psalms contains both powerful, poetic words of comfort and doctrinal gems, many psalms also seem to careen between praise, warning, comfort, military braggadocio, and humility, sometimes addressing […]

Seeing Psalms as the Libretti of a Holy Drama

Mar 15, 2019 34:13

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Abstract: Psalms was the favorite Old Testament book at Qumran and in the New Testament; the Book of Mormon contains more than three dozen allusions to Psalms. While Psalms contains both powerful, poetic words of comfort and doctrinal gems, many psalms also … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 12

Mar 12, 2019 35:47

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This is an audio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 12, “Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear,” covering Matthew 13, Luke 8 and Luke 13. Panelist for this roundtable is Martin Tanner. The views expressed in this roundtable are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the views […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 11

Mar 11, 2019 42:50

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This is an audio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 11, “These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth,” covering Matthew 10-12, Mark 2, Luke 7 and Luke 11. Panelist for this roundtable is Martin Tanner. The views expressed in this roundtable are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the views of […]

Was Adam a Monotheist? A Reflection on Why We Call Abraham Father and Not Adam

Mar 8, 2019 25:28

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Abstract: The three great monotheistic religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) all claim Abraham as father and prototypical monotheist. Though Adam is the putative first father in all of these traditions, he is seldom remembered in Judeo-Christian scriptural, apocryphal, or … Continue reading →

Was Adam a Monotheist? A Reflection on Why We Call Abraham Father and Not Adam

Mar 8, 2019 25:28

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Abstract: The three great monotheistic religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) all claim Abraham as father and prototypical monotheist. Though Adam is the putative first father in all of these traditions, he is seldom remembered in Judeo-Christian scriptural, apocryphal, or pseudepigraphic texts as an exemplary monotheist. This essay briefly reviews why Abraham retains the lofty […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 10

Mar 4, 2019 43:07

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This is an audio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 10, “Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole,” covering Matthew 8-9 and Mark 2-5. Panelist for this roundtable is Martin Tanner. The views expressed in this roundtable are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Interpreter Foundation, […]

Interpreter Radio Show — February 24, 2019

Mar 4, 2019 1:31:11

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The February 24 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Steve Densley, Craig Foster and Matthew Bowen and discussed Come, Follow Me lesson 9, “He Taught Them as One Having Authority”, Matthew chapters 6 and 7, as well as a discussion of Joseph Smith and polygamy.

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 9B

Mar 3, 2019 45:19

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 9, “He Taught Them as One Having Authority,” covering Matthew chapters 6 and 7. Panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley, Craig Foster and Matthew Bowen. This roundtable was extracted from the February 24, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete […]

Campbellites and Mormonites: Competing Restoration Movements

Mar 1, 2019 24:06

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Abstract: In October 1830, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley P. Pratt, and Ziba Peterson were the first missionaries sent to travel through the western states to the Indian territory at the far reaches of the United States. Pratt, a former resident of northeastern Ohio, suggested they stop in the Kirtland, Ohio, area and visit his preacher friend, […]

Campbellites and Mormonites: Competing Restoration Movements

Mar 1, 2019 24:06

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Abstract: In October 1830, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley P. Pratt, and Ziba Peterson were the first missionaries sent to travel through the western states to the Indian territory at the far reaches of the United States. Pratt, a former resident of … Continue reading →

Assessing the Criticisms of Early-Age Latter-Day Saint Marriages

Feb 22, 2019 1:21:42

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Abstract: Critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have accused Joseph Smith and other early Latter-day Saint men of pedophilia because they married teenaged women. Indeed, they have emphatically declared that such marriages were against 19th-century societal norms. However, historians and other experts have repeatedly stated that young people married throughout the […]

Assessing the Criticisms of Early-Age Latter-Day Saint Marriages

Feb 22, 2019 1:21:42

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Abstract: Critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have accused Joseph Smith and other early Latter-day Saint men of pedophilia because they married teenaged women. Indeed, they have emphatically declared that such marriages were against 19th-century societal norms. … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 9

Feb 21, 2019 44:34

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NOTE: This roundtable was previously mistakenly posted as the Luke Chapter 6 portion of Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 8, “Blessed Are Ye”. This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 9, “He Taught Them as One Having Authority,” covering Matthew chapters 6 and 7. Panelists for this […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 8

Feb 21, 2019 44:58

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 8, “Blessed Are Ye,” which covers Matthew 5 and Luke 6. Panelists for this roundtable are Bruce Webster and Kris Fredrickson. This roundtable was extracted from the February 17, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at […]

Interpreter Radio Show — February 17, 2019

Feb 21, 2019 1:29:32

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The February 17 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster and Kris Frederickson. The discussion centered on Come, Follow Me lesson 7, covering Matthew 5 and Luke 6.

Curiously Unique: Joseph Smith as Author of the Book of Mormon

Feb 15, 2019 44:09

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Abstract: The advent of the computer and the internet allows Joseph Smith as the “author” of the Book of Mormon to be compared to other authors and their books in ways essentially impossible even a couple of decades ago. Six criteria can demonstrate the presence of similarity or distinctiveness among writers and their literary creations: […]

Curiously Unique: Joseph Smith as Author of the Book of Mormon - Brian C. Hales

Feb 15, 2019 44:09

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Abstract: The advent of the computer and the internet allows Joseph Smith as the “author” of the Book of Mormon to be compared to other authors and their books in ways essentially impossible even a couple of decades ago. Six criteria can demonstrate the … Continue reading →

Feasting on the Book of Mormon

Feb 8, 2019 13:12

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Abstract: The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship has recently published a new study edition of the Book of Mormon. Edited by Grant Hardy, the Maxwell Institute Study Edition (MISE) incorporates important advances in Book of Mormon scholarship from the past few decades while grounding the reader’s experience in the text of the Book of Mormon. The reformatted text presented in […]

Feasting on the Book of Mormon - Stephen O. Smoot

Feb 8, 2019 13:12

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Abstract: The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship has recently published a new study edition of the Book of Mormon. Edited by Grant Hardy, the Maxwell Institute Study Edition (MISE) incorporates important advances in Book of Mormon scholarship from the past few decades while … Continue reading →

Read This Book: A Review of the Maxwell Institute Study Edition of the Book of Mormon - Brant A. Gardner

Feb 8, 2019 9:12

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Abstract: The Maxwell Institute Study Edition of the Book of Mormon is an important tool for personal and class study of the Book of Mormon. Not only does it provide a better reading experience, it has important features that enhance study. Review of Grant Hardy, … Continue reading →

Read This Book: A Review of the Maxwell Institute Study Edition of the Book of Mormon

Feb 8, 2019 9:12

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Abstract: The Maxwell Institute Study Edition of the Book of Mormon is an important tool for personal and class study of the Book of Mormon. Not only does it provide a better reading experience, it has important features that enhance study. Review of Grant Hardy, ed. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Maxwell Institute Study Edition (Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 7

Feb 8, 2019 44:01

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 7, “Ye Must Be Born Again,” covering John 2-4. Panelists for this roundtable are Steve Densley, Craig Foster, and Matt Bowen. This roundtable was extracted from the January 27, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 6

Feb 8, 2019 44:47

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 6, “The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me,” covering Matthew 4 and Luke 4-5. Panelists for this roundtable are Bruce Webster, Kris Fredrickson and Mike Parker. This roundtable was extracted from the January 20, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The […]

Interpreter Radio Show — January 27, 2019

Feb 8, 2019 1:32:41

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The January 27 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Steve Densley, Craig Foster, and Matt Bowen. Topics included mental distress and disaffection from the Church and the Come, Follow Me roundtable discussion for lesson 7 (John 2-4).

Interpreter Radio Show — January 20, 2019

Feb 8, 2019 1:31:47

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The January 20 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster, Kris Fredrickson and Mike Parker. Discussion was about religious freedom as well as a Come, Follow Me round table for lesson 6 (Matthew 4; Luke 4-5).

Messengers of the Covenant: Mormon’s Doctrinal Use of Malachi 3:1 in Moroni 7:29–32

Feb 1, 2019 59:38

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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 […]

Messengers of the Covenant: Mormon’s Doctrinal Use of Malachi 3:1 in Moroni 7:29–32 - Matthew L. Bowen

Feb 1, 2019 59:38

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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 … Continue reading →

Translating the New Testament for Latter‑day Saints

Jan 25, 2019 19:10

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Abstract: A new translation of the New Testament by Thomas A. Wayment, a professor of Classics at Brigham Young University, offers Latter-day Saints a fresh look at this volume of scripture. Accompanying the translation are study notes that touch on historical, textual, and other items of importance in any critical reading of the New Testament. […]

Translating the New Testament for Latter‑day Saints - Stephen O. Smoot

Jan 25, 2019 19:10

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Abstract: A new translation of the New Testament by Thomas A. Wayment, a professor of Classics at Brigham Young University, offers Latter day Saints a fresh look at this volume of scripture. Accompanying the translation are study notes that touch on historical, textual, … Continue reading →

Barriers to Belief: Mental Distress and Disaffection from the Church

Jan 18, 2019 46:26

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Abstract: People leave the Church for a variety of reasons. Of all the reasons why people leave, one that has attracted little or no attention is the influence of mental distress. People who experience anxiety or depression see things differently than those who do not. Recognizing that people with mental distress have a different experience with church […]

Barriers to Belief: Mental Distress and Disaffection from the Church - Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Jan 18, 2019 46:26

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Abstract: People leave the Church for a variety of reasons. Of all the reasons why people leave, one that has attracted little or no attention is the influence of mental distress. People who experience anxiety or depression see things differently than … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 5

Jan 15, 2019 46:09

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 5, “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” covering Matthew 3, Mark 1 and Luke 3. Panelists for this roundtable are Martin Tanner, John Gee, Kevin Christensen, and Grant Hardy. This roundtable was extracted from the January 13, 2019 broadcast of […]

Interpreter Radio Show — January 13, 2019

Jan 15, 2019 1:32:56

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The January 13 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Martin Tanner, John Gee, Kevin Christensen, and guest Grant Hardy. Discussed were Hardy’s new study edition of the Book of Mormon as well as a Come Follow Me roundtable on the lesson for Matthew 3, Mark 1, and Luke 3 (Come, Follow Me Lesson 5).

Light and Perspective: Essays from the Mormon Theology Seminar on 1 Nephi 1 and Jacob 7 - Kevin Christensen

Jan 11, 2019 1:43:55

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Abstract: The Mormon Theology Seminar has produced two volumes of essays exploring 1 Nephi 1 on Lehi’s initial visions, and Jacob 7 on the encounter with Sherem. These essays provide valuable insights from a range of perspectives and raise questions for further discussion both … Continue reading →

Light and Perspective: Essays from the Mormon Theology Seminar on 1 Nephi 1 and Jacob 7

Jan 11, 2019 1:43:55

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Abstract: The Mormon Theology Seminar has produced two volumes of essays exploring 1 Nephi 1 on Lehi’s initial visions, and Jacob 7 on the encounter with Sherem. These essays provide valuable insights from a range of perspectives and raise questions for further discussion both of issues raised and regarding different paradigms in which scholars operate that readers must navigate. […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 4

Jan 9, 2019 45:38

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 4, We Have Found the Messiah, focusing on John chapter 1. Panelists for this roundtable are Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the January 6, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show […]

Interpreter Radio Show — January 6, 2019

Jan 9, 2019 1:32:10

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The January 6 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, and Hales Swift. Discussed were the new 2 hour block, excitement at the temple, Grant Hardy’s new study edition of the Book of Mormon, and John chapter 1 (Come, Follow Me Lesson 4).

“Come unto Me” as a Technical Gospel Term

Jan 4, 2019 53:16

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Abstract: The Book of Mormon repeatedly outlines a six-part definition of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but most writers within the book refer to only two or three of them at a time in a biblical rhetorical device called merismus. Throughout the scriptures, the term “come unto Christ” in its many forms is used as part of these […]

“Come unto Me” as a Technical Gospel Term - Noel B. Reynolds

Jan 4, 2019 53:16

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Abstract: The Book of Mormon repeatedly outlines a six-part definition of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but most writers within the book refer to only two or three of them at a time in a biblical rhetorical device called merismus. Throughout the scriptures, … Continue reading →

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 3

Jan 3, 2019 45:38

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 3, We Have Come to Worship Him, focusing on Luke chapter 2 and Matthew chapter 2. Panelists for this roundtable are Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster. This roundtable was extracted from the December 30, 2018 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete […]

Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 2

Jan 3, 2019 47:30

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This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 2, “Be It unto Me according to Thy Word,” focusing on Matthew chapter 1 and Luke chapter 1. Panelists for this roundtable are Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster. This roundtable was extracted from the December 30, 2018 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. […]

The Interpreter Foundation and an Apostolic Charge - Daniel C. Peterson

Dec 28, 2018 24:37

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Abstract: In April 2006, Dallin H. Oaks, in unpublished remarks at the naming of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (as the successor to FARMS), reminded listeners that “this institute belongs to God.” On November 10, 2018, Elder … Continue reading →

Christmas in Transition: From Figgy Pudding to the Bread of Life - Spencer J. Condie

Dec 21, 2018 9:09

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Abstract: While Christmas traditions around the world have evolved, some losing their focus on the Christ child, there is still need for us to center our thoughts and hearts on his message of forgiveness and redeeming love. The late President … Continue reading →

Gossamer Thin: 2 Nephi’s “Flaxen Cord” and the Anti-Masonic Thesis - Gregory L. Smith

Dec 14, 2018

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Abstract: Some have seen evidence of anti-Masonic rhetoric in the Book of Mormon and cite 2 Nephi 26:22 in support of this theory, since Satan leads sinners “by the neck with a flaxen cord.” It is claimed that this is a reference … Continue reading →

Let There Be a Famine in the Land - Jim Hawker

Dec 7, 2018 53:08

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Abstract: The drought recorded in Helaman 11 is probably the only dated, climate-related event in the entire Book of Mormon that could have left a “signature” detectable over 2,000 years after it occurred. Typical methods to detect this kind of event … Continue reading →

Orson Scott Card’s “Artifact or Artifice”: Where It Stands After Twenty-five Years - Jeff Lindsay

Nov 30, 2018 1:43:30

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Abstract: When Orson Scott Card wrote “The Book of Mormon: Artifact or Artifice?” in 1993, he applied keen skills as an author of fiction to help readers understand how to detect the many hidden assumptions an author brings into a text. Subtle details … Continue reading →

The Geology of Moroni’s Stone Box: Examining the Setting and Resources of Palmyra - Benjamin R. Jordan

Nov 23, 2018 27:28

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Abstract: The story of Joseph Smith retrieving gold plates from a stone box on a hillside in upstate New York and translating them into the foundational text of the Restoration is well known among Latter-day Saints. While countless retellings have examined these … Continue reading →

“By Small Means”: Rethinking the Liahona - Timothy Gervais

Nov 16, 2018 48:12

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Abstract: The Liahona’s faith-based functionality and miraculous appearance have often been viewed as incongruous with natural law. This paper attempts to reconcile the Liahona to scientific law by displaying similarities between its apparent mechanisms and ancient navigation instruments called astrolabes. … Continue reading →

Marjorie Newton’s Account of the Faith of the Māori Saints: A Critical Appraisal - Louis C. Midgley

Nov 9, 2018 53:21

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Abstract: Marjorie Newton’s Mormon and Maori is a version of her 1998 thesis in which she rejects key elements of the Māori Latter-day Saint historical narrative. This contrasts with her earlier, faith-affirming Tiki and Temple. In Mormon and Maori Newton … Continue reading →

Why Did Northern Israel Fall to the Assyrians? A Weberian Proposal - Taylor Halverson

Nov 2, 2018 35:35

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Abstract: This article is centered on possible causes for the fall of Israel and, secondarily, Judah. The topic is not new. The very destruction of these ancient kingdoms may be the cause for the production of much of the Biblical … Continue reading →

Et Incarnatus Est: The Imperative for Book of Mormon Historicity - Stephen O. Smoot

Oct 26, 2018 1:10:24

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Abstract: Some have come to insist that the Book of Mormon should be read as inspired fiction, which is to say that readers, including Latter-day Saints, should abandon any belief in the Book of Mormon as an authentic ancient text … Continue reading →

Comparing Book of Mormon Names with Those Found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works: An Exploratory Study - Brad Wilcox

Oct 19, 2018 39:33

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Abstract: The works of Tolkien and the Book of Mormon have been compared in a variety of ways by multiple authors and researchers, but none have looked specifically at the unusual names found within both. Wordprint studies are one tool … Continue reading →

“They Shall No More Be Confounded”: Moroni’s Wordplay on Joseph in Ether 13:1-13 and Moroni 10:31 - Matthew L. Bowen

Oct 12, 2018 34:42

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Abstract: In two related prophecies, Moroni employs an apparent wordplay on the name Joseph in terms of the Hebrew idiom (lōʾ) yôsîp … ʿôd (+ verbal component), as preserved in the phrases “they shall no more be confounded” (Ether 13:8) … Continue reading →

To Be Learned Is Good, If One Stays on the Rails - Paul C. Peterson

Oct 5, 2018 31:36

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Abstract: This review essay looks at certain problematical issues in the recently published collection of essays honoring Latter-day Saint historian Richard Lyman Bushman. Problems emerge from the title itself, “To Be Learned is Good,” as a result of the failure … Continue reading →

“If I Pray Not Amiss” - David L. Clark

Sep 28, 2018 28:16

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Abstract: In 2nd Nephi, it is suggested that the Lord answers prayers but that requests made in prayer should not violate some kind of standard that would make them “amiss.” This undefined standard most likely excludes many prayers requesting immunity … Continue reading →

A Valuable LDS Resource for Learning from the Apocrypha - Jeff Lindsay

Sep 21, 2018 10:18

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Abstract: Latter-day Saints are often aware that the Apocrypha contains valuable sacred material along with some “interpolations of men,” but few know how to approach those ancient texts and what they could learn from them. A new book by Jared … Continue reading →

An Inviting Exploration - David M. Calabro

Sep 21, 2018 17:30

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Abstract: This informative and very readable volume, targeted to a Latter day Saint audience, serves as an introduction to the Apocrypha and an exploration of Latter-day Saint views of the books. Even those already familiar with the Apocrypha will find this book … Continue reading →

A Compelling Case for Theosis - John C. Hancock

Sep 14, 2018 14:54

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Abstract: What is theosis? Why does the doctrine of theosis matter? Why did God become man so that man might become God? In his book To Become Like God, Andrew C. Skinner answers these questions with compelling clarity. He provides … Continue reading →

“And the Meek Also Shall Increase”: The Verb yāsap in Isaiah 29 and Nephi’s Prophetic Allusions to the Name Joseph in 2 Nephi 25–30 - Matthew L. Bowen

Sep 7, 2018 1:32:00

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Abstract: Beyond his autobiographic use of Joseph’s name and biography, Nephi also considered the name Joseph to have long-term prophetic value. As a Semitic/Hebrew name, Joseph derives from the verb yāsap (to “add,” “increase,” “proceed to do something” “do something … Continue reading →

An Ancient Survival Guide: John Bytheway’s Look at Moroni - Jared Riddick

Aug 31, 2018 6:19

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Abstract: Moroni’s years of wandering alone after the battle of Cumorah have been often discussed, but not in the context of how they impacted his writing and editorial work. John Bytheway’s latest offering provides us insight into the man Moroni … Continue reading →

Is Faith Compatible with Reason? - Daniel C. Peterson

Aug 24, 2018 20:06

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Abstract: In this article I argue that faith is not only rationally justifiable but also inescapable simply because our decisions regarding ultimate questions must necessarily be made under conditions of objective uncertainty. I review remarks by several prominent thinkers on the … Continue reading →

Missourian Efforts to Extradite Joseph Smith and the Ethics of Governor Thomas Reynolds of Missouri - A. Keith Thompson

Aug 17, 2018 43:35

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Abstract: This is the second of two articles discussing Missouri’s requisitions to extradite Joseph Smith to face criminal charges and the Prophet’s recourse to English habeas corpus practice to defend himself. In the first article, the author discussed the English … Continue reading →

The Habeas Corpus Protection of Joseph Smith from Missouri Arrest Requisitions - A. Keith Thompson

Aug 10, 2018 1:15:24

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Abstract: This is the first of two articles discussing Missouri’s requisitions to extradite Joseph Smith to face criminal charges and the Prophet’s recourse to English habeas corpus practice to defend himself. In this article, the author presents research rejecting the … Continue reading →

What’s in a Name? Playing in the Onomastic Sandbox - Kevin L. Barney

Aug 3, 2018 1:05:38

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Abstract: Name as Key-Word brings together a collection of essays, many of them previously published, whose consistent theme is exploring examples of onomastic wordplay or puns in Mormon scripture in general and the Book of Mormon in particular. Without a … Continue reading →

Toward a Deeper Understanding: How Onomastic Wordplay Aids Understanding Scripture - Amanda Colleen Brown

Aug 3, 2018 10:44

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Abstract: Matthew L. Bowen’s book compels readers to consider both the Book of Mormon’s construction and the significance of names in the text. Bowen and his coauthors invite readers to contemplate not only scripture but its stages of construction to … Continue reading →

Isaiah 56, Abraham, and the Temple - Taylor Halverson

Jul 27, 2018 39:49

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Abstract: In the days of the first Israelite temple, only certain individuals were allowed into the temple and sacrificial services; foreigners and eunuchs were excluded. However, in Isaiah 56:1–8, formerly excluded individuals are invited into the presence of God at … Continue reading →

Much More than a Plural Marriage Revelation - Craig L. Foster

Jul 21, 2018 22:23

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Abstract: Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation is a textual study of Section 132. It offers some interesting information as the author attempts to understand and place within context the revelation, which is, as the … Continue reading →

The Case of the Missing Commentary - Brian C. Hales

Jul 21, 2018 47:48

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Abstract:The first published commentary on Doctrine and Covenants Section 132 is a lengthy volume with much material that deals directly with the revelation as well as extended discussions that go well beyond Joseph Smith’s dictated text. Much of the included material … Continue reading →

Race: Always Complicated, Never Simple - Tarik LaCour

Jul 14, 2018 11:10

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Abstract: The concept that race has evolved rather than remaining static is not well understood, both outside and within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Religion of a Different Color, W. Paul Reeve shows how the concept … Continue reading →

What is Mormon Transhumanism? And is it Mormon? - Gregory L. Smith

Jul 7, 2018 1:02:45

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Abstract: Some sources have described Mormonism as the faith most friendly to the intellectual movement known as Transhumanism. This paper reviews an introductory paper by the past President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. A syllogism that purports to show that … Continue reading →

Peace in the Holy Land - Shirley S. Ricks

Jun 30, 2018 9:28

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Abstract: Living in the Holy Land as a Palestinian Latter-day Saint has created unique challenges and perspective for Sahar Qumsiyeh. In order to attend church meetings in Jerusalem from her home near Bethlehem, Sahar was required to travel under unsafe … Continue reading →

Dehumanization and Peace - Kent P. Jackson

Jun 30, 2018 6:55

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Abstract: Those who follow world events are painfully aware that peace in the Middle East — and particularly in the Holy Land — seems eternally elusive. From a distance we watch events unfold which we are not able to fully … Continue reading →

Joseph Smith’s Universe vs. Some Wonders of Chinese Science Fiction - Jeff Lindsay

Jun 23, 2018 1:54:49

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Abstract: Chinese science fiction works recently have received increasing attention and acclaim, most notably Liu Cixin’s The Three Body Problem. Liu’s epic trilogy, available in Chinese and English, has received international honors and recognition for its vision, its daring application … Continue reading →

The Gospel According to Mormon - Noel B. Reynolds

Jun 15, 2018 48:33

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Abstract: Although scholarly investigation of the Book of Mormon has increased significantly over the last three decades, only a tiny portion of that effort has been focused on the theological or doctrinal content of this central volume of LDS scripture. … Continue reading →

Pushing through Life’s Pilgrimage Together - Mauro Properzi

Jun 8, 2018 10:54

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Abstract: Walking for 500 miles in a foreign country through heat, arduous terrain, and many inconveniences is difficult enough. Add to the equation a man in a wheelchair, and the task appears impossible. The solution? Determination, humility, humor, faith, love, … Continue reading →

The Word Baptize in the Book of Mormon - John Hilton III

Jun 1, 2018 29:54

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Abstract: The word baptize appears 119 times in the Book of Mormon; three speakers (Jesus Christ, Mormon, and Nephi) account for 87% of all of these usages. Each of these individuals have distinctive patterns in how they use the word … Continue reading →

Too Little or Too Much Like the Bible? A Novel Critique of the Book of Mormon Involving David and the Psalms - Jeff Lindsay

May 25, 2018 1:12:13

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Abstract: A recent graduate thesis proposes an intriguing new means for discerning if the Book of Mormon is historic or not. By looking at Book of Mormon references to David and the Psalms, the author concludes that it cannot be … Continue reading →

“The Time is Past”: A Note on Samuel’s Five-Year Prophecy - Neal Rappleye

May 18, 2018 13:27

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Abstract:1 The story of believers being nearly put to death before the appearance of the sign at Christ’s birth is both inspiring and a little confusing. According to the Book of Mormon, the sign comes in the 92nd year, which … Continue reading →

On Being the Sons of Moses and Aaron: Another Look at Interpreting the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood - Mark Hamstead

May 11, 2018 41:28

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Abstract: Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants contains what is commonly known by Latter-day Saints as the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood. Priesthood leaders in the church are expected to teach and explain this Oath and Covenant to … Continue reading →

The Word and the Kingdom - Daniel C. Peterson

May 4, 2018 17:47

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Abstract: Members of the Church have been charged since ancient times with the covenant need to share the Gospel message with those around them. In more recent times, this has been described as a need for “every member” to be … Continue reading →

A Valuable Book for the Increasingly International Church - Jeff Lindsay

Apr 27, 2018 14:19

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Abstract: As the Church expands among the many nations, peoples, and tongues of the earth, new challenges arise that require the organization and the members of the Church to better meet the needs of the peoples in various nations and … Continue reading →

Pressing Forward with the Book of Abraham - Stephen O. Smoot

Apr 20, 2018 12:09

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Abstract: The Book of Abraham continues to attract scholarly attention. New findings in the fields of Egyptology, Near Eastern archaeology, and Mormon history have highlighted the complexity surrounding the origins of the Book of Abraham and its relationship to the … Continue reading →

“Thou Art the Fruit of My Loins”: The Interrelated Symbolism and Meanings of the Names Joseph and Ephraim in Ancient Scripture - Matthew L. Bowen

Apr 13, 2018 1:04:30

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Abstract: To the ancient Israelite ear, the name Ephraim sounded like or connoted “doubly fruitful.” Joseph explains the naming of his son Ephraim in terms of the Lord’s having “caused [him] to be fruitful” (Genesis 41:52). The “fruitfulness” motif in … Continue reading →

Approaching Abinadi - Stephen O. Smoot

Apr 6, 2018 7:41

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Abstract: The recently released Abinadi: He Came Among Them in Disguise, a new book from Brigham Young University’s Book of Mormon Academy, offers readers multidisciplinary approaches to Mosiah 11–17 that highlight the literary, historical, and doctrinal richness of the story … Continue reading →

Abinadi: A Minor Prophet, A Major Contributor - Andrew C. Smith

Apr 6, 2018 31:01

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Abstract: The new edited volume Abinadi: He Came Among Them in Disguise, from the Book of Mormon Academy, is a valuable contribution to Book of Mormon studies. It should find a wide audience and stimulate greater and deeper thinking about … Continue reading →

Easters: The Eternal Atoning Sacrifice Testifies of the Everlasting Redeeming Savior - Alan C. Ashton

Mar 30, 2018 34:43

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Abstract: Easters come year after year, reminding us of new life brought to the children of men by the eternal atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He grants us peace, forgiveness, grace, mercy, contentment, and joy in … Continue reading →

The Status of Women in Old Testament Marriage - Noel B. Reynolds

Mar 23, 2018 8:44

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Review of Gordon Paul Hugenberger, Marriage as a Covenant: A Study of Biblical Law and Ethics Governing Marriage Developed from the Perspective of Malachi (Supplements to Vetus Testam, Book 52). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 1994. Pp. xx + 414. Paperback reprint … Continue reading →

Is the Book of Mormon a Pseudo-Archaic Text? - Stanford Carmack

Mar 16, 2018 2:04:18

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Abstract: In recent years the Book of Mormon has been compared to pseudo-biblical texts like Gilbert J. Hunt’s The Late War (1816). Some have found strong linguistic correspondence and declared that there is an authorial relationship. However, comparative linguistic studies … Continue reading →

Two Notes on the Language Used in the Last Supper Accounts - Robert S. Boylan

Mar 9, 2018 17:34

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Abstract: The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recounted explicitly in four New Testament texts (Matthew 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). Common to all these texts is the phrase “this is my body,” and in the Lukan … Continue reading →

“Swearing by Their Everlasting Maker”: Some Notes on Paanchi and Giddianhi - Matthew L. Bowen

Mar 2, 2018 33:16

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Abstract: This brief article explores Paanchi and Giddianhi as names evidencing the Egyptian onomastic element –anchi/anhi/ʿnḫ(i) and the potential literary significance of these two names in the context of Mormon’s narrative detailing the formation of the oath-bound secret combinations sworn … Continue reading →

Unveiling Women’s Veils of Authority - Lynne Hilton Wilson

Feb 24, 2018 38:58

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ABSTRACT: The Apostle Paul’s theological explanation for female veil wearing (1 Corinthians 11:2–13) highlights the woman’s head covering as an expression of female empowerment or “authority/exousia.” It appears that the Corinthian saints struggled with this tradition, as Paul preceded the … Continue reading →

Through a Glass Darkly: Examining Church Finances - Larry T. Wimmer

Feb 17, 2018 31:50

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Abstract: The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power is Michael Quinn’s impressive response to a century of books and articles that have often distorted the finances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This third volume in The Mormon … Continue reading →

“Possess the Land in Peace”: Zeniff’s Ironic Wordplay on Shilom - Matthew L. Bowen

Feb 10, 2018 8:06

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Abstract: The toponym Shilom likely derives from the Semitic/Hebrew root š-l-m, whence also the similar-sounding word šālôm, “peace,” derives. The first mention of the toponym Shilom in Zeniff’s record — an older account than the surrounding material and an autobiography … Continue reading →

Playing to an Audience: A Review of Revelatory Events - Kevin Christensen

Feb 3, 2018 1:48:34

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Review of Ann Taves, Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies in the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2016, 366 pages with notes and index $29.93 (paperback). Abstract: Ann Taves’s book offers a comparative look at the origins … Continue reading →

Changing Critics’ Criticisms of Book of Mormon Changes - Brian C. Hales

Jan 27, 2018 25:54

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Abstract: In early 1830 Joseph Smith published the Book of Mormon, a 269,938-word volume that discusses religious themes intermingled with a history of ancient American peoples.1 Claiming it was scripture like the Bible,2 in 1841 he declared it to be … Continue reading →

Celebrating the Work of John W. Welch - Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Jan 20, 2018 27:23

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A review of Paul Y. Hoskisson & Daniel C. Peterson, eds., To Seek the Law of the Lord: Essays in Honor of John W. Welch, The Interpreter Foundation, 2017, 543 pages. $24.95 (paperback). Abstract: In this collection of articles gathered … Continue reading →

The Possibility of Janus Parallelism in the Book of Mormon - Jeff Lindsay

Jan 6, 2018 45:12

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Abstract: Janus parallelism, a tool evident in ancient Hebrew poetry, is documented at some length by Scott B. Noegel in Janus Parallelism in the Book of Job, which I recently reviewed. Since the authorship of Job predates the removal of … Continue reading →

The Book of Mormon Witnesses and Their Challenge to Secularism - Daniel C. Peterson

Dec 30, 2017 54:43

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There has been much comment recently on the growth in numbers of the religious “nones.” Not all of them are actually non-theists, but secularism or naturalism is undoubtedly on the rise — and Latter-day Saints have not escaped damage from … Continue reading →

Christmastime: When Our Souls Can Sing - Jenny Oaks Baker

Dec 23, 2017 5:46

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Abstract: Christmas is upon us, and it is a special, magical time. I have seen the love of God touch countless lives through the glorious music of the season.   Christmas is a magical time. It is a time when … Continue reading →

Heralding a New Age of Book of Mormon Scholarship - Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Dec 9, 2017 12:03

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A review of John W. Welch, Neal Rappleye, Stephen O. Smoot, David J. Larsen, and Taylor Halverson, eds., Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon is True. Covenant Communications, Inc., 2017, 380 pages including endnotes and biographical material. $34.99 (paperback). Abstract: … Continue reading →

Janus Parallelism in the Book of Job: A Review of Scott B. Noegel’s Work - Jeff Lindsay

Dec 2, 2017 15:10

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Abstract: Janus parallelism is a recently discovered tool evident in ancient Hebrew poetry. Like the two-faced Roman god Janus, Janus parallelism employs a Hebrew word with two meanings that faces two ways. One meaning of the word relates to the … Continue reading →

“He Did Go About Secretly”: Additional Thoughts on the Literary Use of Alma’s Name - Matthew L. Bowen

Nov 25, 2017 25:06

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Abstract: Mormon describes Alma the Younger’s “go[ing] about secretly” to destroy the church that his father, Alma the Elder, had established (Mosiah 27:8–10), this as a narratalogical inversion of that period when Alma the Elder “went about privately” teaching the … Continue reading →

Barlow on Book of Mormon Language: An Examination of Some Strained Grammar - Stanford Carmack

Nov 18, 2017 27:35

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Abstract: Comments made by Philip Barlow on Book of Mormon language for an Oxford-published book are examined. Inaccuracies are pointed out, and some examples are given that show matching with 1611 King James usage as well as with other earlier … Continue reading →

Miracles in the Book of Mormon - Gary P. Gillum

Nov 11, 2017 6:53

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Review of Alonzo L. Gaskill, Miracles of the Book of Mormon: A Guide to the Symbolic Messages, 2015, Springville, UT: Cedar Fort, 447 pp. + bibliography, appendix of Brief Biographical Sketches of Ancient and Modern Non-LDS Sources Cited, index, etc. … Continue reading →

The Divine Council in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon - Stephen O. Smoot

Nov 4, 2017 44:25

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Abstract: The Book of Mormon purports to be a record that originates from the ancient Near East. The authors of the book claim an Israelite heritage, and throughout the pages of the text can be seen echoes of Israelite religious … Continue reading →

Marjorie Newton on “The Mormons in Australia” — A Retrospective Review - Louis C. Midgley

Oct 28, 2017 23:44

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A Review of Marjorie Newton, Southern Cross Saints: The Mormons in Australia, foreword by Lawrence Foster (xiii-xv). (Laie, HI: Institute for Polynesian Studies, 1991). xxvi+283 pp., with a glossary of Latter-day Saint Terms (257–59), Bibliography (261–71), Index (273–83). Softcover (out of print, but copies are still available). Abstract: This is a survey of Marjorie Newton’s account of Latter-day Saints in Australia which identifies the roots of her agenda — that is, what she was striving to accomplish in her first book in 1991 (and the other related essays) which she published before turning her attention to a criticism of the faith of Māori Latter-day Saints, first in 1998 and then in 2014. Midgley locates in her early publications on the Saints in Australia early signs of her controlling cultural Mormon agenda and hence how and why she insists that there has been a trampling of the Māori culture by what she considers a Mormon version of American cultural imperialism. Continue reading →

Should We Apologize for Apologetics? - Steven T. Densley, Jr.

Oct 21, 2017 1:27:30

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A review of Blair G. Van Dyke & Loyd Isao Ericson, eds., Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics. Greg Kofford Books, 2017, 279 pages with endnotes and index. Abstract: An analysis of the history, scope, and effectiveness of Mormon apologetics is long overdue. Unfortunately, Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics falls short of providing an in-depth analysis of the field and instead provides a very limited history, very little discussion of the scope of Mormon apologetics, and little discussion of the impact of Mormon apologists on Mormon thought. Furthermore, no attempt is made to discuss how apologetics has affected the arguments of critics of Mormonism. While a few articles do approach apologetics in a positive way, the work is largely critical of the activity of defending the Church with scholarship or of providing academic research to help support the testimony of members of the Church. Continue reading →

Gazelem the Jaredite - Elliott Jolley

Oct 14, 2017 46:31

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Alma refers to Gazelem in his instructions to his son Helaman in Alma 37:23. This article proposes and explores the concept of identifying Gazelem as a Jaredite seer. Other theories of the identity of Gazelem are addressed in this article but not explored in depth. It discusses the full context of Alma’s words, the Jaredite secret combinations and their oaths, Gazelem’s seer stone, and the Nephite interpreters. Additionally, it proposes a possible timeline that Gazelem lived among the Jaredites. It also discusses the usage of “Gazelam” as a substitute name for Joseph Smith in early editions of the Doctrine and Covenants. Continue reading →

“How long can rolling waters remain impure?”: Literary Aspects of the Doctrine and Covenants - Richard Dilworth Rust

Oct 7, 2017 40:46

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Many parts of the Doctrine and Covenants are literary in character. That is, their content is made appealing and more memorable and meaningful through aesthetic qualities. With content often determining form and form revealing content, profound concerns are presented in ways that reach us deeply. A statement in the Doctrine and Covenants regarding things which come of the earth applies well to the book’s literary elements: They “please the eye and … gladden the heart; [they] enliven the soul” (D&C 59:18-19). Continue reading →

A Modern Translation of Genesis 1–11 in the Traditional Sense - Dominic Kent

Sep 30, 2017 6:35

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Samuel L. Bray and John F. Hobbins, Genesis 1–11: A New Old Translation for Readers, Scholars, and Translators (Wilmore, KY: GlossaHouse, 2017). 326 pages, $14.99, paperback. Abstract: Samuel L. Bray and John F. Hobbins have recently released a new translation of Genesis chapters one to eleven. The highlight of the work is their extensive notes that provide insight into not just their translation process, but on the process of Bible translation as a whole. The book offers a great deal to interest Bible readers, scholars, and translators. Continue reading →

Two New Studies of Biblical Repentance - Noel B. Reynolds

Sep 30, 2017 13:00

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Review of Mark J. Boda, ‘Return to Me:’ A Biblical Theology of Repentance, volume 35 of New Studies in Biblical Theology, ed. by D. A. Carson (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015), 198 pp. plus bibliography, author index, and scripture index ($24, paper); and of David A. Lambert, How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), 224 pp. plus bibliography and indices of primary sources and subjects ($74, hardcover). Continue reading →

“I Kneeled Down Before My Maker”: Allusions to Esau in the Book of Enos - Matthew L. Bowen

Sep 23, 2017 1:04:49

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The Book of Enos constitutes a brief literary masterpiece. A close reading of Enos’s autobiography reveals textual dependency not only on 1 Nephi 1:1-2 and Genesis 32–33, but also on earlier parts of the Jacob‑Esau cycle in Genesis 25, 27. Enos’s autobiographical allusions to hunting and hungering serve as narrative inversions of Esau’s biography. The narrative of Genesis 27 exploits the name “Esau” in terms of the Hebrew verb ʿśh/ʿśy (“make,” “do”). Enos (“man”) himself incorporates paronomastic allusions to the name “Esau” in terms of ʿśh/ʿśy in surprising and subtle ways in order to illustrate his own transformation through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. These wordplays reflect the convergence (in the Genesis narratives) of the figure of Esau before whom Jacob bows and whom he embraces in reconciliation with the figure of the divine “man” with whom Jacob wrestles. Finally, Enos anticipates his own resurrection, divine transformation, and final at-one-ment with the Lord in terms of a clothing metaphor reminiscent of Jacob’s “putting on” Esau’s identity in Genesis 27. Continue reading →

Their Imperfect Best: Isaianic Authorship from an LDS Perspective - Daniel T. Ellsworth

Sep 16, 2017 1:02:38

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For Latter-day Saints, the critical scholarly consensus that most of the book of Isaiah was not authored by Isaiah often presents a problem, particularly since many Isaiah passages in the Book of Mormon are assigned post-exilic dating by critical scholars. The critical position is based on an entirely different set of assumptions than most believers are accustomed to bring to scripture. This article surveys some of the reasons for the critical scholarly position, also providing an alternative set of assumptions that Latter-day Saints can use to understand the features of the text. Continue reading →

The Power is In Them - Daniel C. Peterson

Sep 9, 2017 10:43

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The Interpreter Foundation has spent five years dedicated to publishing quality scholarship regarding the gospel, history, and scripture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The result is a body of work both to be proud of and to stand upon as we move forward. Profound appreciation is given to those who have contributed to this effort, and an invitation is extended to be part of future explorations and exhortations of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue reading →

On Doctrine and Covenants Language and the 1833 Plot of Zion - Stanford Carmack

Sep 2, 2017 1:51:38

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Contrary to the generally accepted view, it seems likely that much of the wording of the Doctrine and Covenants was transmitted to Joseph Smith as part of the revelatory process. Apparent bad grammar and a limited reading of “after the manner of their language” (D&C 1:24) have led to the received view that “the language of the revelations was Joseph Smith’s.” This judgment, however, is probably inaccurate. Abundant cases of archaic forms and structures, sometimes overlapping with Book of Mormon usage, argue for a different interpretation of “after the manner of their language.” Scholars have chosen, for the most part, to disregard the implications of a large amount of complex, archaic, well-formed language found in both scriptural texts. As for the 1833 Plot of Zion, transmitted words in Doctrine and Covenants revelations, a key statement by Frederick G. Williams, and a small but significant amount of internal archaic usage mean that the layout, dimensions, and even some language of the city plat were specifically revealed as well. Continue reading →

Lehi’s Dream and the Garden of Eden - David M. Calabro

Aug 26, 2017 1:10:32

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Lehi’s dream in 1 Nephi 8 and Nephi’s related vision in 1 Nephi 11–14 contain many features related to the biblical garden of Eden, including most prominently the tree of life. A close reading of the features of Lehi’s dream in light of the earliest Book of Mormon text shows further similarities to the biblical garden, suggesting that the setting of Lehi’s dream is actually the garden of Eden. But the differences are also informative. These include both substantive features absent from the biblical Eden and differences in the language used to describe the features. Many of the variant features are also found in other ancient creation accounts. In view of these observations, it is likely the Book of Mormon presupposes a variant account of the garden of Eden. This variant account forms the backdrop for Lehi’s dream and for other references to the garden in the Book of Mormon. Continue reading →

The Next Big Thing in LDS Apologetics: Strong Semitic and Egyptian Elements in Uto-Aztecan Languages - Jeff Lindsay

Aug 19, 2017 2:06:20

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Review of Brian D. Stubbs, Changes in Languages from Nephi to Now (Blanding, UT: Four Corners Digital Design, 2016) and Exploring the Explanatory Power of Semitic and Egyptian in Uto-Aztecan (Provo, UT: Grover Publications, 2015). Abstract: Following several articles and presentations over the past two decades on tantalizing finds linking Uto-Aztecan languages with Near Eastern languages, LDS linguist Brian Stubbs has recently published two significant works offering extensive details and documentation. The more comprehensive volume intended for scholars and serious students of language is Exploring the Explanatory Power of Semitic and Egyptian in Uto-Aztecan, a highly technical work providing 1,528 sets of cognates with intricate details linking Uto-Aztecan languages with two versions of Semitic and with Egyptian. This is followed by an analysis of puzzles in Uto‑Aztecan explained by Egyptian and Semitic ties as well as an exploration of grammatical and morphological parallels and many other details that further strengthen the case for an ancient connection to Near Eastern languages. Stubbs has made his work more accessible to general LDS readers with a less technical and highly readable work, Changes in Languages from Nephi to Now, that relates his findings to the Book of Mormon and what we can infer about the languages of Book of Mormon peoples. The changes in those languages, correspond remarkably well with the infusions of Near Eastern language that can be seen in abundance in Uto-Aztecan. Numerous questions remain that may require lifetimes of further research, but the meticulous foundation Stubbs has laid must not be treated like past amateurish and erroneous efforts over the centuries to find Hebrew in Native American languages. This is a serious, scholarly work that rises above the standards typically used to establish authentic language families. The evidence for, say, Hebrew in Uto-Aztecan is actually more impressive than the linguistic evidence for Hebrew influence in Yiddish. While implications for these finds on the Book of Mormon can be overstated, what Stubbs has uncovered may be among the most impressive scholarly finds related to the Book of Mormon. Continue reading →

Consecration Brings Forth Zion, Not Just Disaster Relief: An Examination of Scholarly and Prophetic Statements on the Law of Consecration - Richard D. Gardner

Aug 12, 2017 3:56:59

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Active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints covenant to obey the law of consecration, and although I have long felt we discuss it too little, more Saints seem to be taking notice. Various historical and doctrinal opinions have been expressed on the law and on the “united order,” including some insightful and some unusual opinions by Kent W. Huff in his book Joseph Smith’s United Order.1 Using this book along with the contributions of several other scholars and Church leaders as a basis for discussion, I explore the history, meaning, and future of the “united order” as part of the larger law of consecration. Starting as an eleven-man organization in charge of Church business and operating under consecration principles, the united order — actually called the united firm — transformed into the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to historians, most Church members did not even know of its existence, let alone participate in it. Traditional understanding is that the firm’s consecration model provided the pattern for the Saints to follow. An alternative interpretation, described by Kent Huff, is that the Saints’ only real attempt at a formal consecration effort was for disaster relief. In fact, according to Huff, the Saints in general did not deed their property to the Church as we’ve learned in Church history classes. He further argues that even the former-day Saints in the City of Enoch, the early Christians in Jerusalem, and the Nephites right after Christ’s visit didn’t really have all things in common in the way most of us have imagined. I disagree with this interpretation and provide evidence against it, but I appreciate the historical information and several philosophical insights that Huff provides. Other scholars and historians challenge the widely-held notions that 1) tithing is a lower law, given because the Saints failed to live the full law of consecration, and that 2) a formal form of consecration (the united order) will eventually return. I advocate instead for the traditional understanding of the law of consecration and stewardship as taught by Church leaders, believing it is the path toward both freedom and equality the world is looking for, and I explain why I believe it — or a similar program — will eventually be reinstated. Continue reading →

A Lengthening Shadow: Is Quality of Thought Deteriorating in LDS Scholarly Discourse Regarding Prophets and Revelation? Part Three - Duane Boyce

Aug 5, 2017 53:42

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Many mistakes that occur in scholarly endeavors are understandable. The truth is often difficult to discover, and this makes errors inevitable and expected. And, of course, some mistakes are so insignificant that to complain of them would be mere pedantry. But this is not true of all errors. Some are both obvious and of such significance to their topics that they are egregious. With respect to the gospel, there is reason to be concerned that this is occurring to some degree on the topic of prophets and the Lord’s revelations to them. Erroneous claims and arguments are not difficult to find, including some published under the auspices of reputable and mainstream entities. Is it possible that such errors are becoming common, and commonly accepted, in Latter-day Saint scholarly discourse? Part One considered multiple examples, primarily from Terryl Givens and Patrick Mason, that begin to suggest a positive answer to this question, and Part Two did the same with regard to examples from Grant Hardy. This Part considers several additional instances that can be treated more briefly and then provides a general conclusion to the two-part question that has guided this exploration. Continue reading →

A Lengthening Shadow: Is Quality of Thought Deteriorating in LDS Scholarly Discourse Regarding Prophets and Revelation? Part Two - Duane Boyce

Jul 29, 2017 1:33:53

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Many mistakes that occur in scholarly endeavors are understandable. The truth is often difficult to discover, and this makes errors inevitable and expected. And of course, some mistakes are so insignificant that to complain of them would be mere pedantry. But this is not true of all errors. Some are both obvious and of such significance to their topics that they are egregious. There is reason to be concerned that this is occurring to some degree on the topic of prophets and the Lord’s revelations to them. Erroneous claims and arguments are not difficult to find, including some published under the auspices of reputable and mainstream entities. Is it possible that such errors are becoming common, and commonly accepted, in LDS scholarly discourse? Part One considered multiple examples, primarily from Terryl Givens and Patrick Mason, that begin to suggest a positive answer to this question. This installment, Part Two, considers examples from Grant Hardy that also suggest an affirmative answer. Continue reading →

A Lengthening Shadow: Is Quality of Thought Deteriorating in LDS Scholarly Discourse Regarding Prophets and Revelation? Part One - Duane Boyce

Jul 22, 2017 1:11:19

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Many mistakes that occur in scholarly endeavors are understandable. The truth is often difficult to discover, and this makes errors inevitable and expected. And, of course, some mistakes are so insignificant that to complain of them would be mere pedantry. But this is not true of all errors. Some are both obvious and of such significance to their topics that they are egregious. With respect to the gospel, there is reason to be concerned that this is occurring to some degree on the topic of prophets and the Lord’s revelations to them. Erroneous claims and arguments are not difficult to find, including some published under the auspices of reputable and mainstream entities. Is it possible that such errors are becoming common, and commonly accepted, in Latter-day Saint scholarly discourse? To help answer this question, it is useful to consider, among others, works by Terryl Givens, Patrick Mason, and Grant Hardy. This paper will do so in three Parts. Continue reading →

The Life-giving “Water” of the Restoration - Daniel C. Peterson

Jul 15, 2017 20:26

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Where there is water, there is life, not only literally, as in the Nile River in Egypt and in the cities of Mesopotamia, but also symbolically, as we read in the words of the prophet Ezekiel, who in vision saw a magnificent spring of fresh water flowing east from the temple, healing even the waters of the Dead Sea (Ezekiel 47). A psalm also testifies to the divine beneficence of water (Psalm 1) and John, in Revelation, quotes the Lord as giving to those “athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely” (21:10‒14), a “crystal clear river” that flows from the center of the temple in the New Jerusalem. Also in the last days, “in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water” (Doctrine and Covenants 133:29). We, the writers and volunteer staff of the Interpreter Foundation, invite readers to help spread and defend the life-giving water of the Restoration, for “the harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Matthew 9:37). Continue reading →

The Book of Mormon Versus the Consensus of Scholars: Surprises from the Disputed Longer Ending of Mark, Part 2 - Jeff Lindsay

Jul 8, 2017 1:45:18

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Following the account of the ministry of Christ among the Nephites as recorded in the Book of Mormon, Christ gave a charge to His New World disciples (Mormon 9:22–25). These words are nearly like the commission of Christ to His apostles at the end of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:9–20). According to the general consensus of modern Bible scholars, Christ did not speak those words; they are a later addition. If so, this is a problem for the Book of Mormon. Fortunately, recent modern scholarship offers compelling reasons for overturning the old consensus against the longer ending of Mark. Some of the factors from modern scholarship that indirectly help overcome a potentially serious objection to and apparent weakness in the Book of Mormon also help us better appreciate its strength as we explore unifying themes derived from an ancient Jewish perspective. Part 1 of this two-part series looked at the evidence for the unity of Mark and the plausibility of Mormon 9:22–25. In Part 2, we examine further Book of Mormon implications from the thematic evidence for the unity of Mark. Continue reading →

The Book of Mormon Versus the Consensus of Scholars: Surprises from the Disputed Longer Ending of Mark, Part 1 - Jeff Lindsay

Jul 1, 2017 1:34:19

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Following the account of the ministry of Christ among the Nephites as recorded in the Book of Mormon, Christ gave a charge to His New World disciples (Mormon 9:22–25). These words are very similar to the commission of Christ to His apostles at the end of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:9–20). According to the consensus of modern Bible scholars, Christ did not speak those words; they are a later addition. If so, this is a problem for the Book of Mormon. Fortunately, recent modern scholarship offers compelling reasons for overturning the old consensus against the longer ending of Mark. Some of the factors from modern scholarship that indirectly help overcome a potentially serious objection to and apparent weakness in the Book of Mormon also help us better appreciate its strength as we explore unifying themes derived from an ancient Jewish perspective. In this Part 1 of a two-part series, we look at the evidence for the unity of Mark and the plausibility of Mormon 9:22–25. In Part 2 we examine further Book of Mormon implications from the thematic evidence for the unity of Mark. Continue reading →

The Amlicites and Amalekites: Are They the Same People? - Benjamin McMurtry

Jun 24, 2017 20:06

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Royal Skousen’s Book of Mormon Critical Text Project has proposed many hundreds of changes to the text of the Book of Mormon. A subset of these changes does not come from definitive evidence found in the manuscripts or printed editions but are conjectural emendations. In this paper, I examine one of these proposed changes — the merging of two dissenting Nephite groups, the Amlicites and the Amalekites. Carefully examining the timeline and geography of these groups shows logical problems with their being the same people. This paper argues that they are, indeed, separate groups and explores a plausible explanation for the missing origins of the Amalekites. Continue reading →

How Big A Book? Estimating the Total Surface Area of the Book of Mormon Plates - Bruce E. Dale

Jun 17, 2017 16:56

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We do not have the Book of Mormon metal plates available to us. We cannot heft them, examine the engravings, or handle the leaves of that ancient record as did the Three Witnesses, the Eight Witnesses, and the many other witnesses to both the existence and nature of the plates. In such a situation, what more can we learn about the physical nature of the plates without their being present for our inspection? Building on available knowledge, this article estimates the total surface area of the plates using two independent approaches and finds that the likely surface area was probably between 30 and 86 square feet, or roughly 15% of the surface area of the paper on which the English version of the Book of Mormon is now printed. Continue reading →

How Joseph Smith’s Grammar Differed from Book of Mormon Grammar: Evidence from the 1832 History - Stanford Carmack

Jun 10, 2017 31:18

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Some of the grammar of Joseph Smith’s 1832 History is examined. Three archaic, extra-biblical features that occur quite frequently in the Book of Mormon are not present in the history, even though there was ample opportunity for use. Relevant usage in the 1832 History is typical of modern English, in line with independent linguistic studies. This leads to the conclusion that Joseph’s grammar was not archaizing in these three types of morphosyntax which are prominent in the earliest text of the Book of Mormon. This corroborating evidence also indicates that English words were transmitted to Joseph throughout the dictation of the Book of Mormon. Continue reading →

Understanding Jacob’s Teachings about Plural Marriage from a Law of Moses Context - Brian J. Baird

Jun 3, 2017 23:45

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This paper reviews the Book of Mormon prophet Jacob’s proscription against plural marriage, arguing that the verses in Jacob 24–30 should be interpreted in a Law of Moses context regarding levirate marriage, by which a man was responsible for marrying his dead brother’s wife if that brother died before having an heir. I also review how these verses have been used in arguments for and against plural marriage, and how levirate marriage practices worked in Mosaic tradition. Continue reading →

Apostate Religion in the Book of Mormon - A. Keith Thompson

May 27, 2017 58:33

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Nephite missionaries in the first century BC had significant difficulty preaching the gospel among Nephites and Lamanites who followed Zoramite and Nehorite teaching. Both of these groups built synagogues and other places of worship suggesting that some of their beliefs originated in Israelite practice, but both denied the coming or the necessity of a Messiah. This article explores the nature of Zoramite and Nehorite beliefs, identifies how their beliefs and practices differed from orthodox Nephite teaching, and suggests that some of these religious differences are attributable to cultural and political differences that resonate in the present. Continue reading →

“If Ye Will Hearken”: Lehi’s Rhetorical Wordplay on Ishmael in 2 Nephi 1:28–29 and Its Implications - Matthew L. Bowen

May 20, 2017 1:06:02

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Nephi’s preservation of the conditional “first blessing” that Lehi bestowed upon his elder sons (Laman, Lemuel, and Sam) and the sons of Ishmael, contains a dramatic wordplay on the name Ishmael in 2 Nephi 1:28–29. The name Ishmael — “May El hear [him],” “May El hearken,” or “El Has Hearkened” — derives from the Semitic (and later Hebrew) verb šāmaʿ (to “hear,” “hearken,” or “obey”). Lehi’s rhetorical wordplay juxtaposes the name Ishmael with a clustering of the verbs “obey” and “hearken,” both usually represented in Hebrew by the verb šāmaʿ. Lehi’s blessing is predicated on his sons’ and the sons of Ishmael’s “hearkening” to Nephi (“if ye will hearken”). Conversely, failure to “hearken” (“but if ye will not hearken”) would precipitate withdrawal of the “first blessing.” Accordingly, when Nephi was forced to flee from Laman, Lemuel, and the sons of Ishmael, Lehi’s “first blessing” was activated for Nephi and all those who “hearkened” to his spiritual leadership, including members of Ishmael’s family (2 Nephi 5:6), while it was withdrawn from Laman, Lemuel, the sons of Ishmael, and those who sympathized with them, “inasmuch as they [would] not hearken” unto Nephi (2 Nephi 5:20). Centuries later, when Ammon and his brothers convert many Lamanites to the truth, Mormon revisits Lehi’s conditional blessing and the issue of “hearkening” in terms of Ishmael and the receptivity of the Ishmaelites. Many Ishmaelite-Lamanites “hear” or “hearken” to Ammon et al., activating Lehi’s “first blessing,” while many others — including the ex-Nephite Amalekites/Amlicites — do not, thus activating (or reactivating) Lehi’s curse. Continue reading →

Joseph Smith: Monogamist or Polygamist? - Brian C. Hales

May 13, 2017 1:09:03

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In the past decades much of the debate regarding Joseph Smith and plural marriage has focused on his motivation — whether libido or divine inspiration drove the process. Throughout these debates, a small group of observers and participants have maintained that Joseph did not practice polygamy at any time or that his polygamous sealings were nonsexual spiritual marriages. Rather than simply provide supportive evidence for Joseph Smith’s active involvement with plural marriage, this article examines the primary arguments advanced by monogamist proponents to show that important weaknesses exist in each line of reasoning. Continue reading →

Exploring Semitic and Egyptian in Uto-Aztecan Languages - John S. Robertson

May 6, 2017 22:32

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Review of Brian D. Stubbs, Exploring the Explanatory Power of Semitic and Egyptian in Uto-Aztecan, Provo, UT: Grover Publications, 2015. 436 pp. Continue reading →

On Doubting Nephi’s Break Between 1 and 2 Nephi: A Critique of Joseph Spencer’s An Other Testament: On typology - Noel B. Reynolds

Apr 29, 2017 51:36

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In 2012 Joseph Spencer published an analysis of 1st and 2nd Nephi that interprets a phrase in 1 Nephi 19:5 as implying the true break in Nephi’s writings is not between the two scriptural books we now use but rather to be found at the end of 2 Nephi 5 and that the spiritual core (the “more sacred part”) of the small plates is in 2 Nephi chapters 6–30. In this essay I have mobilized several arguments from the canons of literary interpretation and basics of the Hebrew language to demonstrate that this starting point for Spencer’s interpretation of Nephi’s writings is seriously flawed. Continue reading →

Looking Deeper into Joseph Smith’s First Vision: Imagery, Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Construction of Memory - Robert A. Rees

Apr 22, 2017 39:18

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Critics of Joseph Smith assert that he invented or imagined the First Vision and then deliberately altered the details in his subsequent first-person accounts of the event (also reflected in accounts recorded or related by others) to mislead his followers. That the details of the narrative changed so dramatically between the first version (1832) and the last authorized version (1842) is considered prima facie evidence that Joseph was deliberately inventing and embellishing his narrative to make it more credible. The only thing, say critics, that could possibly explain such divergent, and in some cases, radically different versions of the same event is either incredible forgetfulness or deliberate falsification. This paper, based on close textual analysis and the findings of contemporary scientific research on memory acquisition and retention — particularly memories of dramatic and powerful events — offers an alternative explanation, one that preserves the credibility and integrity of the prophet. Continue reading →

The Healing and Exalting Powers of Christ Weave Together at Easter - Ann Madsen

Apr 15, 2017 11:03

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In this personal essay, Ann Madsen reflects on the ways in which the healing power of Christ converges with His exalting power at Easter. Cold gives way to warmth, pride to submission, and reflection to sanctification. The weekly Sacrament provides a time for cleansing, renewal, and drawing our thoughts toward the Lord. The path leads to us becoming like Him. Continue reading →

Scriptures with Pictures: Methodology, Unexamined Assumptions, and the Study of the Book of Abraham - Mark J. Johnson

Apr 8, 2017 2:08:44

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Research on the origins and nature of the Book of Abraham and the accompanying facsimiles has long been hampered by faulty methodology. And while the last few years have seen a significant reexamination of the assumptions that represent the underpinning of our understandings of the Book of Abraham, some unexamined assumptions persist. This study addresses seven aspects of the Book of Abraham, which include a discussion of the sources, the process, the results, the content, the witnesses, and the historical background. For each of these aspects, this study identifies lingering assumptions and shows how a proper methodology can validate or eliminate these assumptions from the scholarly discourse. Continue reading →

Looking Back, Almost Five Years On - Daniel C. Peterson

Apr 1, 2017 8:44

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As the axiom states, hindsight is 20/20. As Volume 24 of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture nears the press, it seems relevant to look back to a tumultuous time nearly five years ago when the Interpreter Foundation was visualized and launched. If history has any value at all (particularly recent history), it provides a context for understanding the course on which we find ourselves. For the Interpreter Foundation, that course continues to be full of surprises and promise. Continue reading →

“By the Blood Ye Are Sanctified”: The Symbolic, Salvific, Interrelated, Additive, Retrospective, and Anticipatory Nature of the Ordinances of Spiritual Rebirth in John 3 and Moses 6 - Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Mar 25, 2017 2:05:45

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In chapter 3 of the Gospel of John, Jesus described spiritual rebirth as consisting of two parts: being “born of water and of the spirit.” To this requirement of being “born again into the kingdom of heaven, of water, and of the Spirit,” Moses 6:59–60 adds that one must “be cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; … For … by the blood ye are sanctified.” In this article, we will discuss the symbolism of water, spirit, and blood in scripture as they are actualized in the process of spiritual rebirth. We will highlight in particular the symbolic, salvific, interrelated, additive, retrospective, and anticipatory nature of these ordinances within the allusive and sometimes enigmatic descriptions of John 3 and Moses 6. Moses 6:51–68, with its dense infusion of temple themes, was revealed to the Prophet in December 1830, when the Church was in its infancy and more than a decade before the fulness of priesthood ordinances was made available to the Saints in Nauvoo. Our study of these chapters informs our closing perspective on the meaning of the sacrament, which is consistent with the recent re-emphasis of Church leaders that the “sacrament is a beautiful time to not just renew our baptismal covenants, but to commit to Him to renew all our covenants.” We discuss the relationship of the sacrament to the shewbread of Israelite temples, and its anticipation of the heavenly feast that will be enjoyed by those who have been sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ. Continue reading →

Bare Record: The Nephite Archivist, The Record of Records, and the Book of Mormon Provenance - Anita Wells

Mar 18, 2017 36:31

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This paper looks at the Book of Mormon through the lens of library science and the concept of archival provenance. The Nephites cared deeply about their records, and Mormon documented a thorough chain of custody for the plates he edited. However, ideas of archival science and provenance are recent developments in the western world, unknown to biblical authors or to anyone at Joseph Smith’s time. Understanding this aspect of Mormon’s authorship and Joseph Smith’s translation provides additional evidence to the historical validity of the Book of Mormon. Continue reading →

Seers and Stones: The Translation of the Book of Mormon as Divine Visions of an Old-Time Seer - Stan Spencer

Mar 11, 2017 2:18:44

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Joseph Smith used the term the Urim and Thummim to refer to the pair of seer stones, or “interpreters,” he obtained for translating the Book of Mormon as well as to other seer stones he used in a similar manner. According to witness accounts, he would put the stone(s) in a hat and pull the hat close around his face to exclude the light, and then he would see the translated text of the Book of Mormon. By what property or principle these stones enabled Joseph Smith to see the translated text has long been a matter of conjecture among Mormons, but the stones have commonly been understood as divinely powered devices analogous to the latest human communications technology. An alternative view, presented here, is that the stones had no technological function but simply served as aids to faith. In this view, the stones did not themselves translate or display text. They simply inspired the faith Joseph Smith needed to see imaginative visions, and in those visions, he saw the text of the Book of Mormon, just as Lehi and other ancient seers saw sacred texts in vision. Although Joseph Smith also saw visions without the use of stones, the logistics of dictating a book required the ability to see the translated text at will, and that was what the faith-eliciting stones would have made possible. Continue reading →