Author Archives: Harlow Clark

In Tents # 23 The Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate – Part I

Who has forgotten the outrages of the crucifixion In the tenor of the cloisters of gentle remembrance? —Clinton Larson, “Crucifixion in Judea” Several months ago at Statebird Book I came across a book called Unlocking the New Testament, by Richard … Continue reading

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In Tents # 22 Jesus and Pilate Part 8 The Midrash

As stated in part 7, while I was preparing my original AML paper I came across Robert Rees’s “The Midrashic Imagination in the Book of Mormon” (Dialogue 44:3, Fall 2011). Rees describes Midrash as imaginative engagement with scripture, and after … Continue reading

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In Tents 21 Jesus and Pilate Part 7

There’s a lot more to say about Jesus and Pilate, and I may come back to the subject, but I want to do a quick summary of the things I’ve learned in this digression. 1) (Part 1) This project started … Continue reading

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In Tents # 20 Pilate before Jesus, Part 6

Today, Sept. 23, 2012, stake centers in Utah became extensions of the temple so people could participate in the dedication of the Brigham City temple. We attended the 9 AM session, the first of 3, conducted by L. Tom Perry, … Continue reading

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In Tents #19 Pilate before Jesus Part 5

Note: I hope to revise this a little later with scripture quotes and citations. I’ll note the updates in the Reply section. He taught me language, and my prophet on’t is, I learned how to pun At the end of … Continue reading

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In Tents # 18 Pilate’s Trial before Jesus Part 4

In 1979, shortly before the end of my mission my father sent me a letter saying that the bishop of the BYU 29th ward, which he had been serving as high councilor, was being released and the high councilor called. … Continue reading

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In Tents 17 Pilate’s Trial Before Jesus Part 3

As I mentioned in May, the last parable Jesus tells before going into the temple to deliver his final public sermon–and I think “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees” is best seen as a sermon, a jeremiad, rather than a … Continue reading

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In Tents #16 Pilate’s Trial Before Jesus, Part 2

I ended last month’s post with a note about how little power Pilate has, not even the power to force a response from Jesus. That doesn’t mean, however, that Pilate’s power is inconsequential. Jesus’s death is a consequence. But we … Continue reading

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In Tents # 15, Pilate’s Trial Before Jesus, Part 1

Note: This is out of sequence, but I’m putting it here because I’ve been working on it this month as part of my paper for AML’s annual meeting. I also want to use it as an introduction to the next … Continue reading

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In Tents #14 More About Jesus the Pharisee, Beginning with John the Baptizer

Interpretation is transparent to us, as I suggested in my last post, so transparent that we think of what we do as reading, hearing, or receiving the plain sense of a story, essay, passage, song, speech or talk. Interpreting is … Continue reading

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