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Archive for March, 2007

General conference (for any discussion of conference whatsoever)

Posted by joespencer on March 31, 2007

Elder Holland, ladies and gentleman.

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A Mosaic/Nephite model of typology: obedience disrupted

Posted by joespencer on March 31, 2007

We’ve been dancing about the question of typology for some time, and I apologize that I’ve not taken it up until now (more especially because I’m writing an entire book about typology in the Book of Mormon right now, and that should make me all the more eager to spend time discussing this question in a forum like this!). But, apologies aside, let me here take up what seems to me to be an important model of typology, to be found in both the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price. (That this same way of thinking about typology can be found in the temple experience suggests to me that it spreads itself across the broad spectrum of Joseph’s revelatory experience, from 1829 to 1842 at least, and that means to me that we cannot relegate it to some earlier stratum of Joseph’s “development,” whatever that means.)

The model might be summed up, as it is above, as “obedience disrupted.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Abigail the Peacegiver: Scripture, Personal Application and “Self-Help”

Posted by Robert C. on March 29, 2007

We’ve discussed before the pros and cons of reading scripture primarily with an aim to apply the scriptures to ourselves. On the previous thread, Jim F. questioned this traditional interpretation of “likening the scriptures” to ourselves by noting that it is the first person plural that is used in these passages, not first-person singular as we typically think. I like how this points us to thinking more in terms of community than individuals.  But it re-raises all the unresolved (at least for me) questions about “personal application” that we’ve discussed before on this blog. 

I’ve just started listening to The Peacegiver on my commute to work (see here for a link to all chapters available at Meridian; thanks, by the way, whoever recommended this book—I thought it was a comment on this blog…). I’m only a few chapters into the book, but Chapter 4 in particular is a good one to read to get a sense of one way we might think about personal application. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Hermeneutic for the Unlearned

Posted by Robert C. on March 24, 2007

How do the unlearned study scripture? How should the unlearned study scripture?

My title for this post is supposed to sound subversively condescending and pretentious, drawing on D&C 35:15, “Wherefore, I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thrash the nations by the power of my Spirit.”  Over the past couple years or so, I’ve significantly increased my level of learning about scripture and scripture study. I’ve begun reading scholarly commentaries, lexicons, dictionaries, etc. and I’ve even started studying Biblical and philosophical hermeneutics. So, what’s to stop me from becoming prideful as a result of my recent learning? I think an implicit goal of the Feast blog and wiki is to help all of us learn about the scriptures and scripture study. Does this make us better off than those who are not as learned about the scriptures?  If so, how can this not lead to pride?  If not, why not? 

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Book of Mormon Study Blog

Posted by Matthew on March 22, 2007

For the past few weeks I’ve been following a cool blog I thought you all may be interested in: BoM Groupies.

As you may have guessed from the title, BoM Groupies focuses on the Book of Mormon. The contributors are reading the Book of Mormon together and discussing it as they go. Others are invited to participate.

Best wishes to the BOM Groupies!

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Lesson 11 – Matthew 13

Posted by cherylem on March 20, 2007

The following are my notes for Lesson 11. I have included the entire text of Matthew 13, in order to give my class a visual separation of the different elements in the chapter. I have also included some of Jim F’s comments (thank you Jim!). By way of further explanation, my commentary is actually mostly a combination of various cross-references. The discussion regarding these will happen during class time. 

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Sunday School Lesson #12

Posted by Jim F. on March 18, 2007

NOTE: FOR THE MOST RECENT, UPDATED VERSION OF THESE NOTES, GO TO : http://feastupontheword.org/Site:SS_lessons#New_Testament_lessons


Lesson 12: John 5-6; Mark 6:30-44; Matthew:14:22-33

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My BoA Facsimiles Article Now Available

Posted by Kevin Barney on March 18, 2007

My chapter entitled “The Facsimiles and Semitic Adaptation of Existing Sources” in Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant, ed. John Gee and Brian M. Hauglid (Provo: FARMS, 2005) is now available for free at the FARMS website here.  This will save you the $40 or so it took to get access to the hard copy prior to this.  My thanks to FARMS for making this article widely available.

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Can the Holy Ghost really dwell in us?

Posted by Robert C. on March 16, 2007

Because of Joe and robf’s recent posts on the Holy Ghost, I started looking more at D&C 130:22-23:

The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him.  [emphasis mine]

As a testament to the usefulness of the wiki, I noticed that someone posted some relevant discussion and a link to the Book of Abraham project which is spearheaded by W. V. Smith at BYU. What is interesting is that according to William Clayton’s diary and another account thought to be recorded by Willard Richards, Joseph Smith taught that “a person cannot have the personage of the Holy Ghost in his heart” (emphasis mine; the wiki has links to these sources), contrary to what the D&C passage says, “were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.”

How are we to make sense of this?! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lord will judge unrighteously?

Posted by BrianJ on March 12, 2007

I’m hoping you can help me with a scripture I just don’t understand. Or maybe I understand it and I just don’t want to believe that it’s true—because then I don’t understand other things. Matthew 7:1-2: Read the rest of this entry »

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