Category Archives: Literary Views of Scripture

In Tents #50 This Jesus Whom Ye Slew and Other Texts That Don’t Behave Part II

Here’s a thought experiment. Suppose I told you there were thousands of errors in the first edition of the Book of Mormon–not necessarily in every copy, but in the first edition as a whole–or more precisely that there are nearly … Continue reading

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In Tents #49 This Jesus Whom Ye Slew and Other Texts That Don’t Behave

In the mid 1970s some theatrical entrepreneurs started thinking about a movie theater statistic: Attendance was lowest onTuesday and Wednesday. Could they fill more seats by offering a subscription film series on those nights, presenting great plays to a nationwide … Continue reading

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in verse #49 : Voice of the paper

In responding to my last post, “Voice of the turtle,” Jonathan Langford wrote: It’s interesting that in your reading, Whitman — who was all about “voice” — is actually print-oriented, while Joseph Smith (source of some of our most striking … Continue reading

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In Tents #48 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part IX

In September, as the Isaiah lessons were approaching in Gospel Doctrine, I decided to read three translations of Isaiah, the Jewish Publication Society translation (which I found discarded somewhere on campus 30+ years ago), Avraham Gileadi’s The Apocalyptic Book of … Continue reading

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in verse #48 : Voice of the turtle

That title is not a reference to Mitch McConnell, no matter how much people say he resembles a turtle. No, it’s a reference to “Canticles,” a book of the Bible hitherto unknown by this moniker to me, but familiar to … Continue reading

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In Tents #47 He is Risen and Other Texts That Don’t Behave as Textual Critics Think They Do Part VIII

Paul H. Dunn once told BYU faculty that during his first Thursday morning meeting in the tenple as a general authority he could understand how the war in heaven got started. This according to a report on the annual August … Continue reading

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