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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
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
with Jeff Bradshaw
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Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses
The 2021 Book of Moses Conference
The Interpreter Foundation, Brigham Young University Department of Ancient Scripture,
Book of Mormon Central and FAIR
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.”
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...
Review of Dan Vogel, Book of Abraham Apologetics: A Review and Critique (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2021). 250 pp. $18.95 (softback). Abstract: The Book of Abraham continues to undergo scrutiny in both academic and polemical publications. The latest...
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...
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.
This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 40, “It Is Thy House, a Place of Thy Holiness” on D&C 109-110. The panelists for this roundtable were Mark Johnson, Bruce Webster and Matthew Bowen. This roundtable was extracted...
D&C 109 The Kirtland Temple As recorded in the section heading, this is the dedicatory prayer for the Kirtland, Ohio Temple, and was revealed by the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Kirtland was the first temple of this dispensation and this prayer has been a...
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...
The Interpreter Foundation is pleased to announce that Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Volume 44 (2021) and Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Volume 45 (2021) are now available in paperback and digital formats for ordering and downloading.
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.”
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....
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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