Discovering the Old Testament: Sacrifice, Sin, and the Cosmic Order

By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. In this week’s installment of “Discovering the Old Testament” we spend some time exploring the ancient Israelite sacrificial system, which is one of the more opaque parts of Biblical law. For most modern readers it has something to do with burning lots of animals to remove sins for reasons...

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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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What Latter-day Saint Christians Should Know About the Old Testament

WHAT LATTER-DAY SAINT CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT Note: Although I use academic studies throughout this post, I have moved all of the bibliography to the end of the document in order to facilitate a more convenient reading for those not interested in the notes. If you are interested in seeing where I am getting my...

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Old Testament – There’s Better Books Out There

Old Testament – There’s Better Books Out There As 2014 grew closer I began thinking about Sunday School and the upcoming study of the Old Testament (link). A week ago I walked into Seagull Book and was overwhelmed by the number of Old Testament commentaries for sale. I’m sure all of these publications were written with...

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Multifaceted Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon has long been considered to exhibit a degree of literary homogeneity that evinces its authorship as attributable to only one person.  As Alexander Campbell wrote in what is likely the earliest review of the Book of Mormon, published in his Millennial Harbinger of February 7, 1831: The book professes to be written...

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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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Book Of Mormon Lesson 20: Mosiah 25-28; Alma 36

BOOK OF MORMON LESSON 20: MOSIAH 25-28; ALMA 36 Reunion at Zarahemla 25:1  At this point, three separate narratives have come together:   the people of Mosiah2, people of Limhi, and the people of Alma 25:2  The Number of Nephites was greatly reduced in Omni 1:5  25:5, 6  Here we read of the ceremonial sharing of records.  The...

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