Scriptures

Getting over Nibley

February 15, 2009 | 36 comments
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Of late I have been thinking of late about how to read Mormon scriptures.  In particular, I have been working on some passages in the Book of Mormon on legal interpretation and thinking about how best to approach these sections.  By and large, it seems to me that there have been three basic models of how to read LDS scriptures.  First, there has been what I think of as an external, sectarian reading.  This consists essentially of proof texting in debates and discussions with Protestant outsiders.  There is a sense in which this is the oldest kind of LDS hermeneutic.  The... Read more »

Elijah and the Sealing Power

February 6, 2009 | 13 comments
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I’ve been thinking about this week’s Relief Society lesson. Read more »

Commentary on 1 Nephi 17, pt. 1

January 15, 2009 | 11 comments
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This is the first of a series of posts in which I will be offering some commentary on 1 Nephi 17. Why that particular chapter you ask? The answer is that I believe that chapter 17 is setting forth a method of scriptural interpretation that proved to be very important both for the Book of Mormon and for Mormonism generally. Furthermore, what I find fascinating about the story is that ultimately it is about the legal interpretation of scripture. Read more »

The TRUTH about the Book of Mormon pronouncing guide EXPOSED

January 5, 2009 | 39 comments
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The Mormon Church does not want even its own members to know how to pronounce Shimnilom Read more »

M Gets a Joke

October 1, 2008 | 50 comments
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A while back our household sat down to watch an episode of Monk. We like Monk because not only is it funny, it’s also sad and tender and offers good – sometimes very good – cultural satire. As I fed M she kept turning her head to look at the TV, watching whatever it is she sees when she’s watching something. We’re not sure what that is because doctors have sent mixed messages about her eyesight. But she does see. Read more »

The War Chapters

August 31, 2008 | 46 comments
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And a great sleep did come over the land; yea, verily, there was much dozing and nodding of heads in all of the sabbath schools. Read more »

Revelation 3:1-13

July 28, 2008 | 3 comments
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Previous posts in this series are here. Read more »

Revelation 2:12-29

July 20, 2008 | 22 comments
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Previous post in this series here. Read more »

Reading Psalm 137 as a Microcosm of Discipleship

July 11, 2008 | 12 comments
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Psalm 137 is one of those wonderful and paradoxical passages of scripture that contains within itself a universe. Read more »

Jesus Said . . .

July 5, 2008 | 19 comments
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I’m reading a commentary on Psalms and in the section on the authorship of the Psalms, the writer has this to say: Read more »

Moral Hazard in the Scriptures

May 23, 2008 | 16 comments
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For those hoping to find more economics in their scripture study… Read more »

Women Who Know

October 14, 2007 | 45 comments
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… grow tomatoes in their home garden, and lots of them. Men who know grow them, too. Read more »

Joseph and Moses

September 28, 2006 | 15 comments
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Most are acquainted with the passage in D&C 130 where God gives a fascinating response to Joseph’s query about the Second Coming: Read more »

We Did It

August 14, 2006 | 20 comments
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We’ve finally read the entire Book of Mormon as a family, all of us (those that can read, anyway) taking turns verse by verse. It only took us four and a half years, and we’re ready to do it again. Read more »

Scriptures as Seer Stones

July 10, 2006 | 32 comments
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To me, the most interesting thing about the seer stone that Joseph used when translating the BoM is not that he used it but that it is really just a rock. From what I understand, if you or I were to pick it up, we couldn’t tell it apart from any other smooth rock of similar color. Read more »

True Neighbors

May 17, 2006 | 10 comments
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Suppose that you splurged for the $6 version of the Church’s scriptures on CDROM. It has various ancient language toys that I am in no position to evaluate but am happy to play with. It also has a fun little tool such that when you do a search, you can click on a tab “Sort by Neighbors”. Ever wonder what that did? Read more »

The KJV: A Sealed Book?

April 20, 2006 | 146 comments
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I’ve been teaching the second half of the Old Testament in Institute this semester. The KJV is a terrible obstacle to understanding the scriptures. Read more »

Redeeming Judas?

April 6, 2006 | 32 comments
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Today’s headlines contain news of a new gospel: The Gospel of Judas. Read more »

Market Dominant Minorities in the Book of Mormon

March 16, 2006 | 42 comments
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Market Dominant Minorities Read more »

How to Teach a Scripture Passage

March 12, 2006 | 13 comments
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Here’s a systematic approach to preparing a lesson on a passage of scripture. Read more »

The JST

February 16, 2006 | 33 comments
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So what do we do with the JST? Read more »

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar

February 13, 2006 | 57 comments
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So here is the case for thinking that when the crowd outside of Lot’s house asks to know Lot’s guests (Genesis 19:5) that what it means is just, like, know and not, you know, like, know. Read more »

Mark 14:3-9: The Anointing at Bethany as Markan Christology

February 12, 2006 | 12 comments
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This post is, basically, my masters thesis. I’ve had a few requests for it, so I thought I’d post it. Read more »

Hermeneutics

February 7, 2006 | 50 comments
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That’s a 25 cent word if there ever was one, something for college kids to show Mom and Dad to prove they got something for their money, something a grad student to lord it over others with in the commons. Read more »