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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: Sunday,October 17, at 6:00 PM

Freemasonry and the Origins of Latter-day Saint Temple Ordinances
with Jeff Bradshaw

For more information, go to https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/a-life-lived-in-crescendo-firesides/


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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

To watch, go to https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/2021-book-of-moses-conference/videos/

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

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 11: On Imprinted Words

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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Interpreter Radio Show — September 5, 2021

Interpreter Radio Show — September 5, 2021

  You can listen to or download the September 5th 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 Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye and Hales...

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Interpreter Radio Show — September 5, 2021

Interpreter Radio Show — August 29, 2021

  You can listen to or download the August 29th 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. In this episode, Martin...

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

Essay #72: The Two Ways (Moses 5): Adam, Eve, and the New and Everlasting Covenant (Moses 5:4–6)

In this unsettling scene, we see God speaking from a cloud to the fleeing Cain as he runs past the still-burning altar. Abel’s lifeless body, dominating the foreground, loudly proclaims the falsity of Cain’s profession of ignorance. The contrast of the skin color to the gray monochroome of the background highlights the link between the three actors.

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