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Studying the Old Testament

December 29, 2009 | no comments
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Studying the Old Testament

What are the scriptures for? How should we use them? How do we use them? “Proof-texting” is a procedure that begins by assuming we know the doctrines and then searches through the scriptures to find something to back up the belief. Because it begins with what we assume we know rather from what the scriptures teach, proof-texting always runs the danger of “wresting” the scriptures. Jesus accuses the Jews of wresting the scriptures by proof-texting in John 5:39. See also 2 Peter 3:16, Alma 13:20, and D&C 10:63. “Wrest” is the word from which the modern word “wrestle” comes,... Read more »

Understanding the Old Testament

December 29, 2009 | no comments
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Understanding the Old Testament

Don’t expect Old Testament writers to have written their histories the way we would have written them. Read more »

What is the Old Testament?

December 27, 2009 | no comments
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What is the Old Testament?

The version of the Old Testament used by Protestants and Jews today contains 39 books. Catholic Bibles include 9 more books, as well as 2 additions to Daniel and 1 to Esther. At least some of those 9 additional books were used as scripture by Saints of the 1st century AD. For various reasons (mostly historical rather than doctrinal or revealed, I would guess) Latter-day Saints use the same version of the Bible as do the Protestants. The major difference between the Protestant and Jewish Bibles is that the order of the books in each is different. The Protestants... Read more »

An Overview of Genesis

December 27, 2009 | no comments
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An Overview of Genesis

It is daunting to be posting anything about scripture when Eric Huntsman is posting alongside. It ought to be daunting in any case, but it is easier to ignore the fact that I am a mere dabbler when my posts stand alone. In any case, I will be posting revised versions of my study questions for the Old Testament Sunday School lessons. I begin with several posts of background. These will all be cross-posted from Feast Upon the Word, a site you should become acquainted with if you aren’t already (and it is the blog daughter of its more... Read more »

Another Conference on Mormons

November 27, 2007 | 6 comments
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Call for Papers: “Interpretation: LDS Perspectives” Sponsored by Mormon Scholars in the Humanities and Mormon Scholars Foundation Read more »

Graduate Student Conference at Claremont: Call for Papers — CHANGE!

November 27, 2007 | no comments
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“May These Principles Be Established”: Mormonism in the Political Arena Read more »

Grad Student Conference: Mormonism in Politics

November 23, 2007 | 7 comments
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Graduate Student Conference at Claremont: Call for Papers “May These Principles Be Established”: Mormonism in the Political Arena Read more »

Summer Seminar update

August 8, 2007 | no comments
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For those interested in the BYU summer seminar, I’ve revised the post, adding the titles of and abstracts for the papers. Read more »

BYU Summer Seminar

August 6, 2007 | 11 comments
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The annual summer symposium, this year “Joseph Smith and His Times,” will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2007. The symposium will feature papers by twelve summer seminar fellows on the theme “Mormon Thinkers, 1890-1930,” covering topics ranging from the influence of Herbert Spencer on Mormon thought to Mormonism and Modernity. Read more »

Whose Woods Are These?

July 18, 2007 | 18 comments
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We moved into our house on the first weekend of January, 1980. One reason we chose it was that it reminded us of Pennsylvania, where we did graduate work. (The other reason? It was the only house we afford because the seller gave us great terms.) Read more »

What if . . . ?

May 14, 2007 | 49 comments
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What if I didn’t believe in God? Would I still be a Mormon? Read more »

You Can Go Home Again—Maybe

April 16, 2007 | 23 comments
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Perhaps Thomas Wolfe was right, but I’m skeptical. Read more »

Why a Second Coming?

February 22, 2007 | 25 comments
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It might seem that there are few Hegelians in the world today. Read more »

The ordinary

February 5, 2007 | 22 comments
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However well we do in school or our jobs or in our church callings or in any endeavor, most of our lives are and will be ordinary. Read more »

Nostalgia

January 18, 2007 | 26 comments
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My youngest daughter has discovered a trove of photos at her grandmother’s house, and she has been going through them Read more »

First day of class

January 9, 2007 | 55 comments
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Today is the first for my Winter semester class, and I’m excited. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson materials

January 4, 2007 | 8 comments
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Nothing exciting here, just an administrative note: I’ve been posting materials for studying the Sunday School lesson materials on Times and Seasons for a while. However, Read more »

Sunday School Lesson – Between the Testaments

December 18, 2006 | 14 comments
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Science and Nihilism

December 17, 2006 | 45 comments
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Sunday School Lesson #48

December 9, 2006 | 13 comments
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I am thankful for the suffering of others

December 8, 2006 | 16 comments
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Sunday School Lesson #47

December 6, 2006 | 12 comments
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Sunday School Lesson 46

December 5, 2006 | 10 comments
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Lesson 46: Daniel 2 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson #45

December 2, 2006 | 18 comments
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Lesson 45: Daniel 1, 3, and 6; Esther 3-5, 7-8 Read more »