Category Archives: Literary Views of Scripture

in verse #46 : Filthiness, flood wood and rubbish

Alright, so I’ve talked about the text of Joseph Smith’s letter from Liberty Jail for two posts now, and I’m still not done. But, I hear you saying, haven’t you made your point? Well, obviously not, or I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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ReReading Job: Book review by Eric Samuelsen

Below is a review of ReReading Job, a book by Mormon critic Michael Austin, reposted by permission from Eric Samuelsen’s blog. Michael Austin’s Re-Reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem is a terrific book; smart, thoughtful, funny. I honestly … Continue reading

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In Tents #44 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part VI

And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire … Continue reading

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in verse #45 : The Power of the Editor

The text of his letter from Liberty Jail was published in Joseph Smith’s lifetime, in Times and Seasons in May and July of 1840, of which Joseph was nominally editor (this was the last transcription Joseph could have overseen). It … Continue reading

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In Tents #44 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part V

We could never know the source–not us– Of those noises all, your third-grade teacher said, That she had never heard before–and some She’d never imagined possible. –Marden J. Clark, “Some Couth” Dennis was long out of third grade by the … Continue reading

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In Tents #43 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part IV

If you grew up mildly fascinated by the textual history of the Book of Mormon printed in the front of the 1920 edition (but not the 1981) First English Edition published in 1830 First issued, and divided into chapters and … Continue reading

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in verse #43 : hero’s journey

When Leonard Cohen said “Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash,”[i] he probably didn’t have Joseph Smith in mind. Joseph Smith burned brightly in a world lit only by … Continue reading

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In Tents #42 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part III

Disharmony, Dat Harmony, Utter Harmony, or Harmony Pennsylvania? Cleaning out my parents’ home recently I cane across my father’s copy of Our Lord of the Gospels, the Melchizedek Priesthood manual for 1958, the year I expanded our family. That was … Continue reading

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In Tents #41 He is Risen, and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do, part II

At the end of #40 I suggested that both Stephen Mitchell and Reza Aslan dismiss the Resurrection on the grounds that there’s no Resurrection appearance in Mark. In looking for the passage where Aslan dismisses the Resurrection I found that … Continue reading

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In Tents #39 Literal and Figurative Interpretation, or The Place is Called Gilgal Unto This Day

Here’s a paradox. I read scripture literally, and yet as I read letter by letter laterally through the word I keep seeing invitations to see the stories pointing toward something else. The writer of Exodus sees Moses as a new … Continue reading

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