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KnoWhy OTL19A — Why and How Should We Study the Old Testament?

6 days 3 hours ago
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?
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

KnoWhy OTL18A — Did Joshua “Utterly Destroy” the Canaanites?

1 week 3 days ago
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?
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Interpreter Radio Show — April 29, 2018

1 week 6 days ago
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.
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KnoWhy OTL17A — What Are the Most Cited, Recited, and Misunderstood Verses in Deuteronomy?

2 weeks 6 days ago
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.
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Interpreter Radio Show — April 22, 2018

3 weeks 4 days ago
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.
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KnoWhy OTL15A — How Do the Serpent and the Shewbread Symbolize Christ?

1 month ago
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?
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Interpreter Radio Show — April 15, 2018

1 month ago
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.
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KnoWhy OTL13C — Is There Any Evidence in Egyptian Sources for the Exodus?

1 month ago
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?
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

“Thou Art the Fruit of My Loins”: The Interrelated Symbolism and Meanings of the Names Joseph and Ephraim in Ancient Scripture - Matthew L. Bowen

1 month 1 week ago
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 →
Matthew L. Bowen

Glimpses of Nauvoo with Christopher Blythe

1 month 1 week ago
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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