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Increasing understanding of scripture one article at a time

Increasing understanding of scripture one article at a time

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“A Life Lived in Crescendo”:
Selected Punctuation Marks of Joseph Smith’s Final Years

A “Come, Follow Me” Virtual Fireside Series

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The Interpreter Foundation, Book of Mormon Central, FAIR, & Meridian Magazine

Next Fireside: Sunday,October 17, at 6:00 PM

Freemasonry and the Origins of Latter-day Saint Temple Ordinances
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Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses
The 2021 Book of Moses Conference

Presented by
The Interpreter Foundation, Brigham Young University Department of Ancient Scripture,
Book of Mormon Central and FAIR

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Essay #74: The Family of Adam and Eve (Moses 6:1–12)

Essay #74: The Family of Adam and Eve (Moses 6:1–12)

Pictured on his deathbed, Adam is supported by Eve and surrounded by a daughter and two sons. In the background, Seth converses with an angel. The scene of the Death of Adam is part of a cycle of frescoes in the church of San Francesco in Arezzo, Italy illustrating the Legend of the True Cross. In this cycle, the classical forms of the quattrocento appear against a “sparse, often surrealist landscape—the pictorial equivalent of silence. To the modern eye, Piero’s paintings show a subdued emotion, where rational theory appears to have overwhelmed naturalism.”

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Interpreter Radio Show — September 19, 2021

Interpreter Radio Show — September 19, 2021

  You can listen to or download the September 19th broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). This episode is hosted by Martin Tanner, Kris Frederickson and Mike...

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Interpreter Radio Show — September 19, 2021

Interpreter Radio Show — September 12, 2021

  You can listen to or download the September 12th broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast). This episode is hosted by Terry Hutchinson, John Gee and Kevin...

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Estimating the Evidence, Episode 12: On Hebraic Views and Late Wars

Estimating the Evidence, Episode 12: On Hebraic Views and Late Wars

It seems unlikely that the Book of Mormon should show so many parallels to nineteenth-century books if it was really an authentic ancient work. Critics have established a bit of a cottage industry when it comes finding potential books from which Joseph could have plagiarized the Book of Mormon. Though there are a number of books that could be considered, we focus here on two of the main candidates: A View of the Hebrews and The Late War.

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An Early Christian Context for the Book of Moses

An Early Christian Context for the Book of Moses

Abstract: This study argues that the Book of Moses was an early Christian text. The book’s language, literary genre, and references to its own production could fit with a date in the late first century ad. Further, the study argues that a possible ritual context of...

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Essay #74: The Family of Adam and Eve (Moses 6:1–12)

Essay #73: The Two Ways (Moses 5): The Five Celestial Laws (Moses, chapters 5–8)

This carefully conceived scene, executed in grisaille to decorate the top of a niche containing a portrait of Adam, is part of a set of large altarpiece panel paintings in the Joost Vijdt chapel in the Cathedral of St. Bavon at Ghent, Belgium. The portrayal of Abel lifting up the lamb “prefigures both the sacrifice of Christ and the Eucharist.” The contrasting choices of Cain and Abel with respect to their covenantal obligations typify the account of the parting of the ways of righteousness and wickedness that begins in Moses 5. Of those who follow the way of wickedness, Jude wrote: “Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain.”

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An Early Christian Context for the Book of Moses

The People of Canaan: A New Reading of Moses 7

Abstract: Moses 7 is one of the most famous passages in all of Restoration scripture. It is also one of the most problematic in regard to its description of the people of Canaan as black (v. 8) and as a people who were not preached to by the patriarch Enoch (v....

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Estimating the Evidence, Episode 12: On Hebraic Views and Late Wars

Estimating the Evidence, Episode 11: On Imprinted Words

It seems unlikely that someone could fake stylometric evidence for multiple authors within the Book of Mormon text. Stylometric evidence regarding the Book of Mormon has been around for almost four decades now. It made a bit of a splash back in the 80s, but it seems to be plagued by dismissal from critics and ambivalence from the faithful.

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