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Life of Holiness: Reading Romans with Jim F.

Posted by Robert C. on February 22, 2013

A group of us have decided to jointly read and discuss Jim Faulconer’s recent book The Life of Holiness: Notes and Reflections on Romans 1, 5-8.
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Christmas List 2012: Books on Scripture/Theology

Posted by kirkcaudle on December 7, 2012

As the host of the newly created Mormon Book Review Podcast I have the opportunity to read and/or review a variety of books dealing with Mormonism. Recently, I have been approached and asked for recommendations on good LDS themed books that have been released during 2012. Other blogs, such as this BCC post by J. Stapley, have created some nice lists of their own. In order to stay within the spirit of the Feast blog, my Christmas list will focus on books that deal directly with scripture and/or theology. The books are listed in alphabetical order, contain an Amazon link, as well as links to audio interviews with the authors (if applicable). Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Smith and the Prologue of John

Posted by Robert C. on February 24, 2012

[This is a guest post submitted by William C. Van Buskirk. Thanks Bill, we hope to hear more from you!]

Section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants was received by Joseph Smith on May 6, 1833.  Joseph provides no background as to what prompted this revelation.  Since Section 93 uses the language and ideas of the Prologue of John  (John 1:1-18), it would appear that Section 93 was the result of an interaction of Joseph Smith with the Prologue.  But between the summer of 1830 and the time of this revelation, Joseph had been engaged in his New Translation of the Bible and he had already finished the New Testament.  From time to time Joseph would go back to passages already translated to make further changes.  We know that the New Translation was on Joseph’s mind as he received Section 93.  D&C 93:53a reads:  “And, verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you should ahasten to btranslate my scriptures….”  It may be that Joseph was engaged in editing his translation of John 1 when he received Section 93. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Book of Mormon and the Documentary Hypothesis — from Gerald Smith

Posted by joespencer on December 27, 2011

A guest post from Gerald Smith over at Joel’s Monastery. He’s already posted this over there as part one of his notes for the first Book of Mormon lesson. We wondered if it might be of interest to the Feast community as a reflection on the Documentary Hypothesis and the Book of Mormon. Gary has agreed, and here we are. Many thanks to Gary for these thoughts! Read the rest of this entry »

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Four Approaches to Scripture: Clearing the Way for Theological Interpretation

Posted by joespencer on October 21, 2011

In a (less and less) recent comment in response to a post by NathanG, I outlined some of what I want to say here. I want now to say it in a bit more detail, and alongside an explanation of how these “four ways of reading scripture” relate to each other. To get started, though, let me simply provide relatively independent, quasi-phenomenological accounts of each of the four ways. After that, I’ll have something to say about their entanglement together. I fear this post can only ultimately come across as so much arrogance, but I offer it up nonetheless in the hopes that it can at least spur some conversation. Read the rest of this entry »

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The End Of All Scripture Study

Posted by NathanG on September 12, 2011

The other night I struggled through a portion of Paul’s writings and was feeling a bit smug that I had successfully made sense of what he was trying to say.  Later, as I was mentally patting myself on my back, I thought, “Now how does this actually help me?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Ben Spackman’s Part Three….

Posted by joespencer on August 18, 2011

Go read!

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The Role of Psalms

Posted by kirkcaudle on July 8, 2011

Historically the book of Psalms played a vital role within Christianity. Psalms acted as a hymn book and voiced praises to God. However, after 1900, this changed dramatically within Christianity. J. Clinton McCann states in his book,  A Theological Introduction to the Book of Psalms, that:

“The language of the Psalms is hardly part of our daily lives. If we ever hear it, we probably do not recognize it. And if we do recognize it, it probably sounds to us strange and archaic. The ‘book of all saints’ has become a lost treasure” (14).

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Ben Spackman on Taking Notes During Scripture Study

Posted by joespencer on July 7, 2011

Hello everyone.

Might I recommend that you all go read this and this?

Oh, and if you do, please drop back by and add some thoughts. I wouldn’t mind seeing a discussion of this kind of thing….

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Actually Beginning a Concerted Wiki Project: Alma 14

Posted by joespencer on June 19, 2011

I’ve been quite pleased with the number of people (on and off the blog) who have expressed interest in pursuing a concerted wiki project. I’ve made an executive decision and determined that we will work on Alma 14. In this post, I’ll lay out what I think should be our basic protocol, and we can work from there. If there is any necessary metadiscussion, it can be done here to begin with. Otherwise, follow the instructions below and get started! Read the rest of this entry »

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