The Nephite Ministry of Jesus Christ—Part 3

  A Little Background This is the final of three articles.  The first article looked at how Jesus’ ministry to the Nephites begins with three chapters quoted from the New Testament, being the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5-7; how those chapters are not just filler, but how pieces of the New Testament chapters are...

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Malachi and Isaiah in Third Nephi–Part 2

  My last article showed how three chapters from Matthew (the Sermon on the Mount from Matt. 5-7) are quoted at the beginning of Jesus’ Nephite ministry, and thereafter incorporated into his teachings approximately 15 times. Bookending these three New Testament chapters at the outset of Jesus’ ministry are three Old...

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The Sermon on the Mount in the Book of Mormon–Part 1

  When I was a missionary, it was customary to introduce the new investigator to the Book of Mormon by inviting them to read the appearance of the Savior to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 11.  I remember being concerned whenever this invitation was given that the investigator would continue reading into 3 Nephi 12-14 and realize that...

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Thoroughly Modern Book of Mormon

Thoroughly Modern Book of Mormon Having recently written a two-part article on the seemingly undeniable connections between the Book of Mormon and the ancient world, I thought it only fair to examine the flip side of the coin, and set forth evidence that the Book of Mormon is not an ancient, but a modern, composition. Like most...

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What Are We to Make of Joseph Smith’s Bible Revision?

In the previous installment, I discussed the history of Joseph Smith’s Bible revision (JSBR), which is generally referred to as the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) in the Utah Mormon tradition and the Inspired Version (IV) of the Bible in the Community of Christ tradition. In this post, I want to briefly describe and analyze...

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BOOK OF MORMON LESSON 9: 2 NEPHI 11-25

2 NEPHI 11-25 “My soul delighteth in the Word of Isaiah”  But why?  The Isaiah Problem in The Book of Mormon Taking Grant Hardy’s, Understanding the Book of Mormon, lets now explore Nephi’s exegesis on Isaiah. 2 Nephi chapter 11 to about chapter 29 contains a lot of Isaiah.   It is often this part of The...

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