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BYU NT Commentary Summer Seminar

February 11, 2016 | 2 comments
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We are accepting application for the second annual BYU New Testament Commentary Series Summer Seminar, to be held for the four weeks of July 5 to July 29, 2016, on BYU Campus, Provo, Utah. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2016. The seminar is open to graduate students and recent PhDs who have research interests in Latter-day Saint readings of the New Testament. Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 13, 2015 | 14 comments
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Proof-Texting in the December YW Lessons

December 6, 2015 | 42 comments
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Proof-Texting in the December YW Lessons

Ezekiel delivered the longest single prophecy, the longest single allegory, in the Bible in what is now Ezekiel 16. His theme is that Jerusalem has acted like a prostitute. He presses his case for 63 verses! Read more »

A Rhetoric of Indirection

December 5, 2015 | 83 comments
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A Rhetoric of Indirection

I remember watching the Olympics when I was in high school and concluding that the swimmers had the best-looking bodies of all of the athletes. Not scarily gaunt like the runners, not comically and grotesquely bulging like the weight lifters, not the stunted look of the gymnasts. Read more »

Call for Papers: Mormon Scholars in the Humanities

December 3, 2015 | no comments
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I’m passing this along from MSH President Jenny Webb: Read more »

YW Lesson: Why Is It Important for Me to Gain an Education and Develop Skills?

November 18, 2015 | 29 comments
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Here’s how I taught this lesson in my ward: Read more »

Consequences, Intended or Otherwise, in Light of the Update

November 13, 2015 | 99 comments
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Consequences, Intended or Otherwise, in Light of the Update

 A few days ago, after the new policies were leaked but before the First Presidency clarified them, I posted a list of possible consequences of the policies here. This post reproduces my list, crossing out those scenarios no longer possible in light of the First Presidency letter. I also made some updates (in bold print). Then I add some general thoughts at the end. Read more »

Consequences, Intended or Otherwise

November 11, 2015 | 130 comments
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Consequences, Intended or Otherwise

UPDATE: this post was written before the First Presidency clarified the new policies. Please see this post, which repeats everything in this post but updates it and provides some concluding thoughts. — I’m thinking about the implications–doctrinal and practical and cultural–of the recent policy changes. Read more »

Truth and Access

November 2, 2015 | 19 comments
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Truth and Access

This month, I’ll be presenting a paper on the JST at a conference. I’m going to outline the use of the JST in Mark and then suggest that the moves that the JST makes could and should be adopted by LDS biblical scholars. One section of the paper argues that the JST–indeed, all revelation–is not inerrant. Joseph’s use (and nonuse) of the JST later in his ministry suggest that he did not take the JST as a perfected form of scripture. Read more »

Panel on Mormon Apologetics

October 26, 2015 | 4 comments
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Panel on Mormon Apologetics

If you are in the Provo area next week: Read more »

The Three Neophytes

October 5, 2015 | 60 comments
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The Three Neophytes

Some thoughts on the new members of the Quorum of the Twelve: Read more »

The Abomination of Desolation (Mark 13:14)

September 18, 2015 | 15 comments
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The question of what the “abomination of desolation” (Mark 13:14) is came up in my recent post, so I thought I’d post a draft version of my work on this topic for the BYUNTC Mark volume. Read more »

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

September 16, 2015 | 26 comments
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It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

  Julie Rowe’s prophecies of an imminent end of the world have been getting a bit of attention lately. So this might be a good time to review Jesus’ teachings on the matter.   Read more »

“Another Important Step Forward in the Restoration of the Gospel”

August 19, 2015 | 49 comments
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“Another Important Step Forward in the Restoration of the Gospel”

Yesterday, President Oscarson announced on her Facebook page that she was now assigned to be a member of the Missionary Executive Council. President Burton is now a member of the Priesthood Executive Council (which has been renamed the Priesthood and Family Executive Council) and President Wixom is now on the Temple and Family History Executive Council. In an article in the Deseret News, former General RS Presidency member Sheri Dew said that “This is yet another important step forward in the restoration of the gospel.” Read more »

Explain Maine

August 18, 2015 | 32 comments
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Explain Maine

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Planting the Seed: Theological Works by LDS Women

August 16, 2015 | 24 comments
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Planting the Seed: Theological Works by LDS Women

So a friend of mine is going to shepherd a much-needed project: an index of theological, exegetical, historical, and doctrinal writings by LDS women. Read more »

YW Lesson: How Do I Prepare Now to Become a Righteous Wife and Mother?

August 6, 2015 | 22 comments
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YW Lesson: How Do I Prepare Now to Become a Righteous Wife and Mother?

The first line of this lesson reads, “To prepare to be a righteous wife and mother, young women should focus on the Savior and on developing Christlike attributes,” so that’s what I decided to focus the lesson on. Read more »

BYU New Testament Commentary Conference

July 20, 2015 | 20 comments
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If you are in Provo on July 31st: Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #27

June 30, 2015 | 11 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #27

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. Most ancient manuscripts of Mark end after 16:8 and early Christians do not seem to know any of this chapter after verse 8. The style, vocabulary, and themes in Mark 16:9–20 are quite different from the rest of Mark. Therefore, the vast majority of scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark originally ended with verse 8 and that verses 9–20 are a later addition by another author.... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #26

June 23, 2015 | no comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #26

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. As you read Mark 15, look for irony. Consider why so much in this chapter is ironic and what you should learn from it. (adapted from Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels) Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #25

June 16, 2015 | no comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #25

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. Why was a story as embarrassing as Peter’s betrayal included in the scriptures? Consider D & C 1:24–28.   (adapted from Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels) Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #24

June 9, 2015 | no comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #24

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises.   Scholar Fernando Segovia lists seven different scholarly approaches to John 14-17: (1) Historicizing: the discourse is completely accurate, therefore chapter 15 occurs in a different location (because of 14:31). (2) Transpositional: sometime during transmission, the chapters were rearranged. (3) Redactional: there is a second speech (chapters 15–16) which is a different version of the first speech (chapter 14). (4) Symbolic: 14:31 is understood symbolically. (5) Unfinished: the... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #23

June 2, 2015 | one comment
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #23

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues that it raises. Some scholars conclude that women were present at the Last Supper. They cite the following evidence:   (1) Compare Mark 14:28 with Mark 16:7. (2) Referring to “one of the twelve” in Mark 14:20 means that there were others present (see also Mark 14:16 and 17). (3) The tradition for Passover was for women to be present and it would have been worthy of mention if Jesus... Read more »

Elder L. Tom Perry, 1922-2015

May 30, 2015 | 13 comments
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Elder L. Tom Perry, 1922-2015

The church announced that Elder Perry died today.  Read more »