Opposition, 0 – Series Introduction
Posted by joespencer on September 11, 2012
As part of a project I’m working on, I thought I would work through an open-ended series of posts on 2 Nephi 2:11 here at the Feast blog. Here in this introduction I will just say a little about the project. I’ll also be posting links to the several posts here as the project proceeds.
The project? Beginning in January, I’ll be participating in a new Mormon Theology Seminar project. This one will be focused—surprise!—on 2 Nephi 2. It will be a unique project in certain ways, however, since this project will be running concurrently with a project on Genesis 2-3. The two projects will culminate in a two-day conference (for now set to happen next June) on the Mormon conception of the Fall. The double project should prove quite fruitful.
What I want to do in this series, obviously in advance of the Seminar project itself, is to work through 2 Nephi 2:11 in great detail (I suspect we’ll spend only a week on this passage in the course of the Seminar). I want to take stock of this most philosophical of claims in the Book of Mormon, to sort out everything I might say about it now so that I’m a good deal more prepared when we come to it in the course of the project. Obviously, I’ll have much more to say here than I’ll be able to say there.
What sorts of things will I be covering? Well, I know I’ll begin by saying a few things about the actual wording of the text. I’ll want to do some contextualization within the chapter. I’ll want to study structures within the text, as is my wont. I’ll review the literature (and there’s plenty). I’ll also look at translations—I’ve done a bit of preliminary investigation of the way this verse is rendered in other languages, and it’s most fascinating. Finally, I’ll try to make sense of the verse on my own, and with an obviously philosophical edge. I’m curious to see where all this takes me.
So that’s the project. Any questions?
An Index of Posts
Fixing the text: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/09/13/opposition-1-fixing-the-text-of-2-nephi-211/
Contextualizing the verse: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/09/14/opposition-2-contextualizing-2-nephi-211/
Reviewing the usual interpretation: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/09/26/opposition-3-the-traditional-interpretation-of-2-nephi-211/
Early philosophical treatments: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/09/27/opposition-4-early-philosophical-engagement-with-2-nephi-211/
Recent philosophical treatments: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/10/05/opposition-5-recent-philosophical-engagement-with-2-nephi-211/
Introducing the history of translation: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/10/06/opposition-6-0-2-nephi-211-in-translation/
The text in French: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/10/10/opposition-6-1-2-nephi-211-in-french-translation/
The text in German: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/10/16/opposition-6-2-2-nephi-211-in-german-translation/
The text in Italian: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/10/22/opposition-6-3-2-nephi-2-11-in-italian-translation/
The text in Spanish: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/10/29/opposition-6-4-2-nephi-211-in-spanish-translation/
The structure of the text: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/10/30/opposition-7-structures-in-2-nephi-211/
The meaning of “opposition: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/11/05/opposition-8-opposition/
The scriptural meaning of “all things”: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/11/21/opposition-9-1-all-things-in-scripture/