Book of Mormon Numerology

I am excited to announce the publication of my paper on Hebrew Numerology in the Book of Mormon in the most recent issue of BYU-Studies, 53:2. The thesis of the paper is that the same type of numerology used by Hebrews in the ancient world shows up in the Book of Mormon. The paper focuses on the number seven, resulting in the snazzy...

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Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon

Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon: Creating a Platform for LDS/Evangelical Dialogue by Michelle G. Wiener Question: Is there room for the Book of Mormon within the theological framework of “biblical inerrancy”? Recently the following paragraph from my essay “Two Lampstands: Two Branches” featured in Rational Faiths...

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AUTHORING THE OLD TESTAMENT: GENISIS-DEUTERONOMY – A BOOK REVIEW

AUTHORING THE OLD TESTAMENT: GENISIS-DEUTERONOMY – A BOOK REVIEW by Michael Barker I’m not sure when I first learned of the documentary hypothesis, but I do remember when I first heard that Dr. David Bokovoy was working on a book that would introduce the documentary hypothesis to an LDS audience. It was during a Mormon...

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Moroni’s Promise is Not About the Book of Mormon

May 04, 14 Moroni’s Promise is Not About the Book of Mormon

Posted by in Book of Mormon, Faith, Featured, Revelation

I was having a conversation with a friend about how doctrine changes in the Church. I made the claim that a form of the trinity is taught in the Book of Mormon, most clearly evident in Abinadi’s teachings. He told me that that isn’t possible, because he knows that our view of the Godhead must be right, and that the Book of...

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The Book of Mormon’s Historicity and Supporting Evidence – part 2

The Book of Mormon’s Historicity and Supporting Evidence – part 2 by Cody Calderwood Much of what I write from here on out is borrowed from “Mormon’s Codex” written by John L. Sorenson.  I’m not going to summarize his entire book, but I will highlight a few areas that help support the historicity of the Book of...

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The Book of Mormon’s Historicity and Supporting Evidence – part 1

The Book of Mormon’s Historicity and Supporting Evidence – part 1 by Cody Calderwood This is going to be a two part series.  The first part will explain why I am writing this and why I am referring to Mesoamerica.  The second part will discuss some of the interesting examples to support my claim. First of all, let me...

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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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Requiem for an Apostate

Requiem for an Apostate A Review of “Passing the Heavenly Gift,” by Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. Denver Snuffer, Jr. was excommunicated in September of 2013 for “apostasy.”  The reason for his excommunication was his publication of a book titled, “Passing the Heavenly Gift,” his popular lectures on the subject of the book,...

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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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“The Spirit That I Have Seen May Be The Devil”–Nephi’s Slaying of Laban

The opening pages of the Book of Mormon confront us with the most problematic story in the entire book—the murder of a defenseless Laban by a sword-wielding Nephi.  (1 Nephi 4)  We all know the story.  Nephi has been commanded by God (through his prophet-father Lehi) to obtain Laban’s brass plate version of the Hebrew...

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