I’ve published an article on Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture entitled “A Kingdom, Which Shall Never Be Destroyed: Daniel 2.“
I’m presenting at the Instructional Design & Learning Community conference on Friday at BYU on the topic of Engaging the Scriptures Geographically. I’ll be drawing upon my published research on Interpreter “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights.” My presentation is from 10:00 am – 10:30 am, room 2295 of the BYU Conference Building.
I published a new article on Interpreter focusing on select chapters from the Book of Jeremiah. The article is entitled “I Will Write It in Their Hearts: Jeremiah 16; 23; 39; 31.”
Teaser: “Jeremiah lived at the crossroads of troubled times and troubled places. He stood as a witness and a representative of an old covenant dying away with the promise of a new covenant emerging. His message was both timely and timeless. It was directed to the people of his day. It spoke to later generations of Israelites. And it yet speaks to us today as we open our scriptures and our hearts.”
My article on Isaiah 40-49. “When we come to know the true nature of God our faith can increase, our joy can expand and our eye can be single to the glory of God. Isaiah 40-49 represent a beautiful testimony of Isaiah’s understanding of the nature of God magnificently presented in symbolic language, metaphor, and poetry.”
Another article of mine was published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. “I Will Betroth Thee Unto Me in Righteousness: Hosea 1-3; 11; 13-14.”
“Introduction: This article will be divided into two parts. The first part will deal with the prophet Hosea and establish the historical background for his message. The second part will discuss Hosea’s message of covenant fidelity to God and God’s everlasting mercy to His children. The prophet: Hosea was active as prophet in the Northern Kingdom of Israel between 752 B.C. until the destruction of Israel at the hands of the Assyrians in 721. We do not know as much as we would like about him because very few biographical details are offered in his record. However we can surmise with relative accuracy the years of his prophetic activity, which are based upon the dates of the kings mentioned in the superscription to the book (Hosea 1:1).”
Read the rest of the article via the link above.
Back on July 4, 2014, my article “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights” was published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.
Why Geographical Visual Learning?
Humans are visual learners. The content area of scripture is primarily conceptual and abstract, and thus many readers struggle to master the core fundamentals of history, geography, and themes of the scriptural texts. Without such fundamentals, learners are adrift in an ocean of content without a meaningful map to order and make sense of it all. Visually immersive learning environments can significantly enhance learning gains. Such learning gains are possible when abstract concepts are visually concretized.
Scripture Tools: Introduction to Google Earth and Google Earth Bible (GEB)
In this article I will review several geographical tools that help to contextualize stories, which can aid in understanding the scriptures and drawing out meaning from them. Then using these tools I’ll demonstrate how the meaning of a variety of scriptural passages may be enhanced by reading the scriptures in geographical context. I will conclude by providing other suggested geographical and visual learning with scripture resources.
Learn more at: “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights“