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Racism and East Jerusalem’s Vienna Hotel

11 hours 16 minutes ago
    A few days ago, I posted a rather lighthearted reminiscence of my first stay in the Middle East, way back in the first half of 1978.  (See “A couple of songs from my first residence in the Middle East.”)   For approximately the first half of that BYU Study Abroad program, we lodged […]
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Moving with Royal Skousen toward a fictional Book of Mormon?

12 hours 38 minutes ago
    I have a message board that I watch in order to keep my finger on the pulse of a certain curious variety of critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — most of them (from what I can see) disaffected, atheistic former believers.  Periodically, they emit outbursts of joy and […]
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Understanding Evolution, and Earthquakes

15 hours 12 minutes ago
    Science & Mormonism Series 1: Cosmos, Earth, and Man Understanding Evolution: An LDS Scientific Perspective Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article by Steven L. Peck originally appeared in Science & Mormonism Series 1: Cosmos, Earth, and Man (2016). Abstract: Steven Peck, a BYU Professor of Biology, takes it as “axiomatic that evolution in its […]
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“‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses” (Part 4)

1 day 17 hours ago
    In “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses’ (Part 1),” I began to extract notes from an article about possible Pre-Columbian horses in the Americas that appeared in 2015, surveying the state of the question at that time:  Daniel Johnson, “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses,”  BYU Studies Quarterly 54/3 (2015): 149-179.   I continue with that […]
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Apostasy and the rise of the elite in the first centuries of Christianity

1 day 20 hours ago
    Because Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures kindly supports the Intepreter Radio Show — and because I know and like the folks at the company and have accompanied at least one tour for them each year for more than a decade — I give them some publicity here on my blog from time to time […]
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Martin Luther King: “I may not get there with you.”

2 days ago
    There is no better way to think of Martin Luther King today than to listen to his own incomparable voice, which, if you choose, you can do here:   “5 of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most memorable speeches”   His speech at the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall, commonly called “I Have […]
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“‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses” (Part 3)

2 days 14 hours ago
    In “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses’ (Part 1),” I began to extract notes from an article about possible Pre-Columbian horses in the Americas that appeared in 2015, surveying the state of the question at that time:  Daniel Johnson, “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses,”  BYU Studies Quarterly 54/3 (2015): 149-179.   I continue with that […]
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An early-1978 encounter on the street in Jerusalem

2 days 18 hours ago
    Curiously, one of the experiences that I remember clearly from my stay in East Jerusalem during the first half of 1978 was a conversation on a street corner with three or four American evangelical Protestants.  I seem to recall that the conversation occurred on a street corner near the American Colony Hotel; they […]
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Martin Harris: “Unfailing Affirmation”

2 days 23 hours ago
    An important and still relatively recent contribution to the literature on the history of the Restoration is Susan Easton Black and Larry C. Porter, Martin Harris: Uncompromising Witness of the Book of Mormon (Provo: BYU Studies, 2018).  Herewith, I begin an effort to write up my notes from reading the book:   First, […]
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Some very good links for some very good reading

3 days 11 hours ago
    On the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   Come, Follow Me — Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 4, January 20-26: 1 Nephi 11-15   Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 4 “Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God” : 1 Nephi 11-15 The Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 4, “Armed with Righteousness and […]
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“‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses” (Part 2)

3 days 18 hours ago
    In “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses’ (Part 1),” I began to extract notes from an article about Pre-Columbian horses in the Americas that appeared in 2015, surveying the state of the question at that time:  Daniel Johnson, “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses,”  BYU Studies Quarterly 54/3 (2015).   I continue with that project, thinking […]
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A bit more on Yours Truly, vintage 1978, in East Jerusalem

3 days 20 hours ago
    In my immediately prior post (“A Prolegomenon to My First Sojourn in the Middle East”), I provided some indication of the reflexively pro-Israeli attitudes with which I grew up.   By the time of my first actual visit to the Middle East, however — a 1978 visit that lasted approximately six months — […]
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A Prolegomenon to My First Sojourn in the Middle East

3 days 21 hours ago
    I posted a light item yesterday (“A couple of songs from my first residence in the Middle East”) about my first stay in the Middle East, which occurred way back in the first half of 1978.  (That was 42 years ago.  Forty-two years!  As the saying goes, I didn’t realize that getting old […]
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A couple of songs from my first residence in the Middle East

4 days 14 hours ago
    Since my teens, I’ve enjoyed and been interested in folk music.  And one of the towering figures in the preservation of American folk tunes, a person whose name I ran into over and over again, was the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.  You can, if you will, regard this blog entry as a tribute to him […]
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“’Somebody Wrote It:’ The Book of Mormon’s Missionary Message to a 21st-Century World”

4 days 21 hours ago
    Quelle surprise!  It’s Friday, and a new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.  This one is by Jim Bennett:   “’Somebody Wrote It:’ The Book of Mormon’s Missionary Message to a 21st-Century World” Abstract: Nathan Oman’s “Welding Another Link in Wonder’s Chain: The Task of Latter-day Saint Intellectuals […]
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“‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses” (Part 1)

4 days 22 hours ago
    I’ve begun to extract notes from an article about Pre-Columbian horses in the Americas that appeared in 2015:  Daniel Johnson, “‘Hard’ Evidence of Ancient American Horses,”  BYU Studies Quarterly 54/3 (2015).  It will probably take me several blog entries to complete the extraction.  I thought that some here might find my notes (and […]
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“Dating the Departure of Lehi from Jerusalem”

5 days 10 hours ago
    I would like to note here an article by a BYU colleague and longtime friend who has accumulated extensive experience over the course of more than three and a half decades of living and excavating pretty much annually in the Holy Land — Jeffrey Chadwick, “Dating the Departure of Lehi from Jerusalem,” BYU Studies […]
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“Cyrus the Great and Persian control of the Middle East”

5 days 14 hours ago
    My most recent column for the Deseret News appeared today.  It’s about one of the greatest figures not only in Iranian history but in human history as a whole:   “Cyrus the Great and Persian control of the Middle East” Cyrus’ empire is the first known multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual and multireligious state. Wisely, he respected […]
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Underdetermination and Games

5 days 19 hours ago
    There is, perhaps, some hope for me:   “‘Remarkable’ Blood Flow Discovery Could Pave the Way to New Treatments for Dementia and Migraines”   Alas, though, things still look fairly grim in Oceania:   “Australian fires have incinerated the habitats of up to 100 threatened species: Scientists warn of an ecological catastrophe as crucial […]
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From the Skousen presentation (2)

6 days 11 hours ago
    Learn More About Parts 5 and 6 of Volume 3 of the Critical Text Project of the Book of Mormon  [cont.]   The first chapter of part 6 will reverse the common belief among LDS people that spelling had not yet been standardized when the Book of Mormon was published in 1830. Although […]
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