The Elusive Book of Mormon Lands

I’ve grown up with a love of the Book of Mormon. The culture of Book of Mormon love has been strong as long as I’ve been alive, since Benson gave his big Book of Mormon talk before I was born. I’ve read the Book of Mormon dozens of times. We owned all of the Living Scriptures Book of Mormon tapes and had worn out most of them....

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The King James Bible in the Book of Moses, Part I

With the recent publication of David Bokovoy’s Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis-Deuteronomy, many have wondered to what extent the Bible has had influence on the Book of Moses. The discussion has mainly revolved around the parts of the text that are obvious revisions of the Genesis creation chapters (Genesis 1, 2-3) that...

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An Insider’s View–a personal review

An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins by Grant Palmer is two important things. First, it is an accessible account of a large number of often unfamiliar historical facts regarding the foundational stories of Mormonism. These include difficulties in understanding what Joseph Smith meant when he said he ‘translated’ ancient...

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Injustice in a Just World

I have always clung to the idea that the vast majority of people are basically good. At the same time, a look at history or the news makes quite clear that even good people are capable of doing some pretty horrible things.  Why is this? Back in the 1960s a psychologist, Dr. Marvin Lerner, became disturbed by the tendency for the...

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Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

One of the most exciting things to discuss and study in religion for me has always been Jewish apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature.[i] Some of the most beautiful literary works I have read are found in the Jewish writings outside of the Hebrew Bible, but roughly contemporary to the books written last (ca. 300-150 BCE) in that...

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Two Lampstands: Two Branches

      Two Lampstands: Two Branches Women and the Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Michelle G. Wiener, M.A., M. Ecum. Studies         And I will give power unto my two witnesses and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and...

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Celestial Math

I’ve said before on many occasions, that while I am certain I can claim to be a good Mormon, I am not a remotely perfect Mormon. And neither are you. Neither have been any members of this church. Nor prophets, founders, or leaders of this church. I’m not just saying they haven’t been perfect. I think most people...

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Bob Marley is Scripture to Me

**This is in no way exhaustive and is meant for discussion purposes** What is scripture? This question came up while I was reading weird stories from the Old Testament a few weeks back and I started to wonder. I pondered and studied the question privately and then started asking around. You’ve heard the quip, “Ask two Jews,...

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Become as a Little Child: Angry, Scared, and Open

Whenever I’ve been in a Sunday School class of some kind, and one of the scriptures that contains the phrase “become as a little child” is read, the inevitable question usually follows: “And how can we become as a little child?” or “In what ways should we emulate child-likeness?” The answers are usually the same-be...

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Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation

Jan 12, 14 Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation

Posted by in Apologetics, Book of Mormon, Featured

Note: This essay first appeared on the Interpreter blog.  We have received permission from the Interpreter board and from the author, Stephen Smoot, to republish this essay here. Please click here to visit the Interpreter  website. A follow-up post can also be read here. Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of...

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