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...

read more

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...

read more

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,...

read more

The Tree of Life – Part III

The Tree of Life – Part III The first encounter we have with the Tree of Life is in the Garden of Eden which is described in the books of Genesis, Moses and Abraham. In Moses 3:9 we are told that God created many trees in Eden, but Moses makes particular mention of only two trees, being the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and...

read more

“…in Spite of Earth and Hell.”

Every major biographer of Joseph Smith has concluded that while Joseph’s claim to direct revelation from God might be readily balked at by the casual observer; dismissal of Joseph as a mere charlatan, liar, opportunist, or ego-maniac is a position ignorant of the facts.  A balanced view of Joseph Smith is in touch with the...

read more

Bushman, Babies, Bath Water

“A Belief and Doubt in Mormonism- Navigating a Faith Crisis” July 6, 2013, Provo City Library Sponsored by the Temple and Observatory Group, a not-for-profit organization. Members are unpaid and there is no church affiliation or funding.  Their purpose is to help people remain faithful in the midst of a faith...

read more

Blacks and the Priesthood Revisited

I feel that this topic has by far been the most important one I have addressed in my writings to date. So in the spirit of black history month, I want to revisit it. I believe it is critical that we really know our history so we don’t repeat our mistakes. Holding one person above another is not something we should ever...

read more

Revelation Bias… Fair and Balanced Part 4: Blacks and the Priesthood

In Part 4 of this series on revelation, we will closely examine the relationship between blacks and the LDS church. If you have not read Part 1 of this series, I highly recommend that you do so before reading this post (you can read it here). If you are not familiar with the Mormon faith, church members of African descent were not...

read more

Revelation Bias…Fair and Balanced, Part 3: The Book of Abraham

In Part 3 of this series on revelation, we will closely examine the Book of Abraham. If you have not read Part 1 of this series, I highly recommend that you do so before reading this post (you can read it here). Before we delve into the Book of Abraham, let’s briefly go over its history. Anotonio Lebolo, working under the consul...

read more

Revelation Bias Fair and Balanced Part 1

Sometimes only America’s favorite family, the Simpsons, can most accurately demonstrate a point in the most simple and humorous terms. The full Simpsons’ episode that I am using to introduce my post is here if you want to watch it. If you’ve seen the episode and just want to watch the segment I’ll be referencing, go to...

read more