Category Archives: Thoughts on Language

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 verse #47 : Voice of the turkey

I just noticed that this is the second time this year that my post is due on a holiday.  And it’s due on Christmas Day, too.  Next year it won’t be due on the 24th of July, but it will … Continue reading

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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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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 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 #37, Some Additional Views on Figures and Speech

I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter. (D&C 128:2) We have to drop everyone twice, but we try to drop them gently. If they survive they get to go home and we want as many … Continue reading

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