Author Archives: Harlow Clark

In Tents #35 And the Cruse of Oil Failed Not to Trouble the Waters

  Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  (John 5.7) Last month I ended with a contrast between metaphors and puns, … Continue reading

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In Tents #34 How Long Can Still Waters Keep Running Deep?

Explain this saying: “Still waters run deep.” The saying means that we shouldn’t put down people who are quiet. Their stillness doesn’t mean they lack depth. It compares such people to a river. When a river is shallow it runs … Continue reading

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In Tents #33 More on Figurative Language and Interpretation (Who You Callin’ a Moron?)

September, the beginning of school, thirty-seven years since I signed on with the BYU moving crew to move the books into the new library. That was back when the new library was not the addition under the quad between the … Continue reading

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In Tents 32 Scripture Study Tools part IV: Figurative Interpretations

Greetings from Missoula, Montana. We traveled here today from my wife’s hometown not far from the Stanley, Idaho wildfire, and Monday morning we will be going over Lolo Pass, more wildfire country. In all the little towns on the way … Continue reading

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In Tents #31 Some Tools for Studying Scripture, Part III

Why The King James Version? You might notice I cadged my title from a J. Reuben Clark book I have not read. President Clark felt it was simply the best Bible translation, but he wasn’t the only person ever to … Continue reading

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In Tents #30 Some Tools for Studying Scripture, part II

Shortly after I posted part I, I came across a source that reminded me that the best tools for studying the scriptures are often the the questions we bring to them. I saw a link to Joseph M. Spencer’s An … Continue reading

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In Tents #29 Some Tools for Studying Scripture

At the After the AML Meeting gathering at Charlotte England’s house last year, Darlene Young asked me one of her simple questions that calls forth serious thought. (Good probing questions are one of Darlene’s talents.) “What’s your favorite translation of … Continue reading

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In Tents #28 Ethics and Aesthetics Part 6, Final Thoughts

Much of Shostakovich’s music was banned for the sin of formalism–whatever that means–so it wasn’t heard until after Stalin’s death in 1953. –Peggy Woodruff, introducing Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” on KBYU FM March 14, 2013 The idea that ethics and aesthetics … Continue reading

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In Tents #27 Ethics and Aesthetics Part 5

Last night at dinner my sister Krista asked what I was presenting at the AML symposium. She was trying to distract me from mourning the impending loss of our mother’s four last infected teeth, with nothing left to anchor lower … Continue reading

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In Tents #26 Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate, Part IV

As I was finishing last month’s post I had one of those sudden strokes of intelligence Joseph Smith talked about, and want to expand on it this month, but first some background. In summer 1975 my mother went on a … Continue reading

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