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 →
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An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 19: Question: The Bible account of Creation explains very little about the formation of the solar system or the biological origin of life. Archaeological evidence sometimes directly contradicts it, its laws of diet and purity seem irrelevant, and its prophecies are largely unintelligible. Why should I spend my time studying the Old Testament when I could be focusing my attention instead on up-to-date history and science or on the practical, ethical teachings of Jesus that teach us how we should live?
On Being the Sons of Moses and Aaron: Another Look at Interpreting the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood - Mark Hamstead
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 →
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18: Question: Israel was commanded to “utterly destroy” the Canaanites and the book of Joshua later claimed that they had done so. Why do archaeological findings and other references in the Bible make it seem that this was not actually done? What does it mean to “utterly destroy”? And why would God command such a thing in the first place?
Laura Harris Hales recently interviewed Sharalyn D. Howcroft on Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources, a new book that ;carefully analyzes essential texts that are repeatedly used by historians as they reconstruct Mormonism's founding era.
The April 29 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by host was Martin Tanner, discussing a variety of topics, including Joseph Smith’s educational background, Martin Harris and Charles Anton, the Joseph Smith Papers Project, the fate of the 12 apostles, Emma Smith, and Early New Testament Manuscripts.
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 →
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17: Question: What are the most cited, recited, and misunderstood verses in Deuteronomy? Summary: Without any doubt Deuteronomy 6:4-5 best fits this description: 4. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
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 →
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: Question: Have there been any latter-day parallels to Balaam's blessing? Summary: In 1898, Dr. John M. Reiner, a Roman Catholic scholar, in a talk given at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, described in striking terms the parallels he found between ancient and modern Israel.
In this episode, Blake Ostler elaborates on the nature of God with host Nick Galieti.
The April 22 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Allen Wyatt, Craig Foster, and Matt Bowen. Topics discussed included onomastic wordplay in the Book of Mormon, other ancient scripture, and ancient cultures; Steve Smoot’s review of John Gee’s latest book, An Introduction to the Book of Abraham; and how to help youth maintain faith and how each of them was drawn to the world of apologetics.
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 →
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: Though the importance of the need generally for all of us to "look to God and live" is easily apparent to modern readers, the specific choice of a brazen serpent on a pole as a symbol of Christ is difficult to understand. How does the brazen serpent symbolize Christ? And, in addition, does the symbolism of the temple shewbread relate in any way to the modern LDS sacrament?
The April 15 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster, Kris Frederiksen, and Kevin Christensen. Topics discussed included include the new tenure of President Nelson, educational and career backgrounds of members of the Quorum of the Twelve, authority structure of the Church, and financial practices of the Church.
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14: The making of the golden calf is often presented as the height of Israel’s rejection of God and His law. But it was only one of several incidents of rebellion that occurred in the wilderness. Among all these provocations, which ones were the most serious?
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14: “Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure Unto Me” (Exodus 15-20; 32-34): Hugh W. Nibley and other LDS scholars have written at length about Egyptian temple rites. What similarities are there between Egyptian and Israelite temples?
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13: Bondage, Passover, and Exodus (Exodus 1-3; 5-6; 11-14): Most of the evidence for the historical Exodus comes indirectly from general archaeological findings and analysis of biblical texts. Is there any specific evidence for the reality and timing of the Exodus that can be corroborated from Egyptian sources?
“Thou Art the Fruit of My Loins”: The Interrelated Symbolism and Meanings of the Names Joseph and Ephraim in Ancient Scripture - Matthew L. Bowen
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 →
Christopher James Blythe is a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. He completed a PhD in American religious history from Florida State University, an MA in history from Utah State University, and BA degrees in religious studies and anthropology from Utah State University and Texas A&M University, respectively. He is […]
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