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Increasing understanding of scripture one article at a time

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

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

Next Fireside: This Sunday, October 31, at 6:00 PM

“All the Measures of Joseph” – Keys and Continuity in the Succession of 1844
with Ronald K. Esplin

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Essay #77: Noah (Moses 8): Was Noah Drunk or in a Vision? (Genesis 9)

Essay #77: Noah (Moses 8): Was Noah Drunk or in a Vision? (Genesis 9)

In the image above, we see an industrious Noah diligently tending his vineyard, in striking contrast to a later depiction in the same chapter that describes him as being in an inebriated stupor. Scholars have noted the odd inconsistency between these two scenes. Can these two opposing pictures of Noah be reconciled?

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The Rise and Fall of Korihor, a Zoramite: A New Look at the Failed Mission of an Agent of Zoram

An Ishmael Buried Near Nahom

Abstract: Latter-day Saint scholars generally agree that “the place called… Nahom,” where Ishmael was buried (1 Nephi 16:34) is identified as the Nihm tribal region in Yemen. Significantly, a funerary stela with the name y s1mʿʾl — the South Arabian...

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Estimating the Evidence, Episode 16: On Varying and Variable Themes

Estimating the Evidence, Episode 15: On Trajectories of Truth

It seems unlikely that an allegedly fraudulent text could become more plausible after decades of intense critical examination. Over time, critics of the Book of Mormon have unearthed dozens of anachronisms and alleged historical errors within the book’s pages. In their turn, faithful scholars have demonstrated that most of those criticisms are unfounded, leading the book’s plausibility to increase substantially as the decades have passed.

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