Psalm 110 and the Adaptation of Scripture

“No other psalm has in research evoked so many hypotheses and discussions as Psalm 110.... We should at once emphasize that both in questions of textual criticism and in history-of-religions problems the last word has not yet been spoken.”— Hans-Joachim Kraus New Testament writers quote Psalm 110 more than any other psalm.  (And one of... Continue Reading →

2 Nephi 32:6: The Second Comforter or Jesus’ Appearance at Bountiful?

There are many self-styled prophets and teachers in greater Mormondom currently advocating the "doctrine" that Jesus will personally appear to you in this life if you follow the Doctrine of Christ.  This is commonly referred to as "The Second Comforter" and can pretty reasonably be traced back to Joseph Smith's misinterpretation of John 14.  (The... Continue Reading →

The Curious Case of D&C 45 (“Wounded in the House of My Friends”)

It's interesting to go back and reread things with a new perspective and see what I might have missed the first time or ten--especially with Joseph Smith's revelations. It's now pretty easy to recognize when Joseph draws on on the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament in constructing his revelations. D&C 45 is another revelation... Continue Reading →

Jesus Was Born in Nazareth, not Bethlehem

“And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.” (1 Nephi 11:13) The Birth of Jesus is the most well-known birth story in all... Continue Reading →

The Christology of the Book of Abraham

Polygamy and the authenticity of the Book of Abraham are probably the two most hotly debated aspects of early Mormonism and Joseph Smith's prophetic career. In recent years much has been made of the papyri, the Egyptian Alphabet and whether the Book of Abraham is a translation or a revelation. A lot rides on the... Continue Reading →

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