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New Testament Notes 154-156

2 months 3 weeks ago
    Matthew 16:1-4 Mark 8:11-13 Compare Matthew 12:38-39; Luke 11:16, 29; 12:54-56; John 6:30   A generation that seeks for a sign may well be literally adulterous, as ours quite undeniably is.  But it’s certainly “adulterous” in the metaphorical sense illustrated by the Old Testament story of the prophet Hosea, who’s called — think […]
Dan Peterson

Father Anawati, Part Two

2 months 3 weeks ago
    I’ve posted already about Father Georges Anawati OP, my wonderful private Islamic philosophy tutor in Cairo during my student days there.   One day, while I was with reading through a text with him at the Institut Dominicain des Etudes Orientales in Cairo, it suddenly hit me how wildly unlikely it was that the […]
Dan Peterson

“They shall deceive the very elect”

2 months 3 weeks ago
    New in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   “Research and More Research”   Abstract: Young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have grown up with a plethora of information available to answer the questions they may have about the Gospel. This, in turn, has allowed discordant information to […]
Dan Peterson

New Testament Notes 152-153

2 months 3 weeks ago
    Matthew 15:29-31 Mark 7:31-37   This particular passage occurs only in Matthew and Mark, but it’s in the spirit of John, in a way:  Characteristically, John refers to the miracles of Jesus as semeia, or “signs.”   They’re surely not unimportant in themselves, of course, because of the direct impact they have on […]
Dan Peterson

“Can God make a rock so heavy that he can’t lift it?”

2 months 3 weeks ago
    First, some Brigham Young University news:   “BYU Law’s pipeline to the U.S. Supreme Court continues”   A somewhat older article:   “The seven most underrated law schools: Study that judges schools based on students says BYU is a Top 20 law school”   ***   Also from BYU:   New Testament Study […]
Dan Peterson

On ignoring the evidence of our eyes

2 months 3 weeks ago
    I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before […]
Dan Peterson

Father Anawati, Part One

2 months 3 weeks ago
    One of the most memorable experiences of my life, and certainly of the years that I spent living and studying in Egypt, was the six months or so that I studied Islamic philosophy, one on one, with Father Georges Anawati OP (1905-1994) of Cairo’s Institut Dominicain des Etudes Orientales.   He was a wonderful man. […]
Dan Peterson

New Testament Notes 150-151

2 months 4 weeks ago
    Matthew 15:1-20 Mark 7:1-23 Compare Luke 6:39; 11:37-41   The scribes and Pharisees accuse Jesus of violating “the tradition of the elders,” but he one-ups them by pointing out that they and their tradition actually violate “the commandment of God.”   In the Marcan account, the Savior cites Isaiah to describe them:   He […]
Dan Peterson

“Science is a Sacred Cow”

2 months 4 weeks ago
    I found Anthony Standen’s Science is a Sacred Cow (1950) in the San Gabriel High School library and I read it when I was a teenager.  I’ve never forgotten it.   Anthony Standen (1906-1993), born to an American mother and a British father, received his education at the University of Oxford, the Massachusetts Institute of […]
Dan Peterson

Mostly on Christchurch and Islam

2 months 4 weeks ago
    My friend Mike Davis shared this story with me over the weekend, about archaeological findings in Israel’s Negev Desert (which doesn’t look very much like the Bay of Islands or New Zealand generally):   “1,500-year-old garbage dumps reveal city’s surprising collapse: Archaeologists thought Elusa, a popular Roman wine center, collapsed with Islam’s arrival. […]
Dan Peterson

“The Mutant Says in His Heart, ‘There Is No God'”

2 months 4 weeks ago
    I haven’t yet read this article, which appears in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science 4/3 (September 2018): 233-244, and I have absolutely nothing invested in the validity of its specific thesis, but it makes an intriguing (albeit very surprising) suggestion and, I’m sure, will be received with universal serenity and equanimity:   “The Mutant […]
Dan Peterson

A willingness to take upon ourselves the name of the Son

2 months 4 weeks ago
    New, on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   The Kinshasa DR Congo Temple: A Personal Perspective / Part 2: Media Session of the Kinshasa Temple Open House / March 11, 2019   And here’s a more or less geographically related story from the official Church newsroom:   “Zimbabwean Members of The Church of Jesus […]
Dan Peterson

New Testament Notes 147-149

2 months 4 weeks ago
    Matthew 14:22-33 Mark 6:45-52 John 6:16-21   1.   It seems fairly obvious that Peter, though a fisherman by trade and a man who spent much of his working life out in a boat on the lake, couldn’t swim.   2.   The BYU students who study in Israel have long had a […]
Dan Peterson

Angels in America

2 months 4 weeks ago
    The 17 March 2019 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show is now available for your edification and listening pleasure. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast).  The hosts for this episode of the program were Bruce Webster and Mike Parker, who discussed “Come Follow Me” lesson 14 as well as […]
Dan Peterson

“Physics Is Pointing Inexorably to Mind”

2 months 4 weeks ago
    I find some of the new thinking that’s going along these lines absolutely intriguing:   “Physics Is Pointing Inexorably to Mind: So-called “information realism” has some surprising implications”   Is mind an accidental by-product of random physical processes, a chance epiphenomenon, or is it a fundamental reality?   It won’t come as a surprise […]
Dan Peterson

“The Islamic Law of Nations”

2 months 4 weeks ago
    Today, in my Islamic philosophy class, we’re going to begin the discussion of the last text that we’re reading for the course, which is Majid Khadduri’s The Islamic Law of Nations: Shaybani’s Siyar (2002).  It’s a bit of a departure from philosophy as such, but, given the interests of the students in this particular small […]
Dan Peterson

New Testament Notes 145-146

2 months 4 weeks ago
    Mark 6:30-31 Luke 9:10 Compare 14:12-13   I like the comment in Mark, when Jesus tells the returning apostles to get a bit of rest:  “For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”   Today’s members of the Twelve, from what I’ve observed of their schedules, would […]
Dan Peterson

Two new publications on the Middle East with BYU connections

2 months 4 weeks ago
    I was pleased to receive in my campus mailbox today a copy, hot from the press, of Islam: A First Encounter, by my longtime friend and now retired colleague at Brigham Young University, Kent Jackson.  It’s a beautifully illustrated book, only 112 pages long but in fairly large paperback format, designed for use […]
Dan Peterson

“Such ridiculous folly”

2 months 4 weeks ago
    I’ve reading Susan Easton Black and Larry C. Porter, Martin Harris: Uncompromising Witness of the Book of Mormon (Provo: BYU Studies, 2018).   In March 1829, Lucy Harris having filed a legal complaint against Joseph Smith, a judicial hearing was held in Lyons, New York, and sworn witnesses for the prosecution were called.  Lucy Mack […]
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