The Old Testament Does Not Prohibit Homosexuality

By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. The section in Genesis for this week’s lesson is Genesis 13-14; 18-19, a crucial set of passages where the Bible paints a defining picture of Abraham, Lot, their families, and the world they lived in. There isn’t time to do proper justice to these sections, because understanding some of them demand a...

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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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Discovering the Old Testament: Why It Matters for Mormons

Discovering the Old Testament: Why It Matters for Mormons By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. Since late October of last year, I’ve been publishing a weekly podcast called “Discovering the Old Testament.” The format is a roughly 20-minute lesson or lecture where I discuss the history, culture, religious background, archaeology, and...

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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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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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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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“Take, eat, this is my body.”

I saw an indelible image in a BYU Photography exhibit in the Harris Fine Arts Center in late 2003. The theme of the exhibition was modern idolatry and the piece was called “See that you do not take these things lightly.” I have tried in vain to find it for years since, and even considered having someone take a similar...

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The Messy History of Joseph Smith’s Bible Revision

The “Joseph Smith Bible Revision” (JSBR) — generally known as the “Joseph Smith Translation” (JST) in the Utah Mormon tradition and the “Inspired Version” (IV) in the RLDS/Community of Christ tradition — has a somewhat messy history.[1] The work was considered a top priority of Joseph...

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