“The authenticity of scripture” article on the Deseret News from Dan Peterson and Bill Hamblin.
Evidences for the Book of Mormon: Nephi the scribe. “Readers of the Book of Mormon often take for granted that it was written at all. In our modern age where literacy rates are high, it is almost inconceivable to imagine a society where perhaps a mere 10 percent of the population are literate (such as in ancient Israel).
It is therefore stunning that Nephi was not only capable of reading and writing, he also was a brilliantly competent writer who created some of the finest literary beauty and artistry that the world has ever known….”
My scripture studies article on 1 Kings 3; 5-11 has been published here. Quote from the opening paragraph:
Solomon, the king of peace, ascended the throne during Israel’s golden age taking the place of his father, David the beloved. Before David died however, he left a charge upon Solomon much like other righteous fathers have done for their children throughout the ages. David counseled his regal son
I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the Lord they God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself. 1 Kings 2:2-3
There is a long history of apocalyptic fervor in the Judeo-Christian tradition. These notions often gain intensity during moments of social or political strife. However, the peace and security some theological notions offer, if misinterpreted or misapplied, may potentially help precipitate crises and conflicts that upset the stability of civilized society. This paper will explore a case from ancient Israel where the misinterpretation of an ancient theological notional may have contributed to the fall of Jerusalem. Then this paper will consider the role that modern Biblical (mis)readings and (mis)interpretations have upon Judeo–Christian apocalyptic thought as a contributor to social unrest and conflicts in volatile regions of the world, particularly in the Middle East.
We live in era of great diversity of cultures, ideas, religions, and viewpoints. Thoughtfully understanding one another is necessary for the flourishing of humanity and human cultures. Article published in Comparative Civilizations Review. “Ancient Israelite Zion Theology, Judeo-Christian Apocalypticism, and Biblical (Mis)interpretation: Potential Implications for the Stability of the Modern Middle East.”
I published a book review of “Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel.”
“The Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings, written by John Rogerson, professor of biblical studies emeritus at the University of Sheffield, provides an accessible and engaging academic summary treatment of the major leaders found in the biblical text. The target audience is the general, interested reader. Biblical scholars would likely not turn to this as a source book for their own research. But for the arm-chair hobbyist it could be a valuable addition to one’s collection. The book has been artfully designed. Over 260 illustrations and images (including images of ancient artifacts) are thoughtfully and strategically placed throughout the book to accompany the text and enhance the reading. The artwork depicting ancient leaders or biblical events is drawn from diverse artistic genres (Byzantine, Renaissance, Neo-Classical, etc.). In addition to illustrations and images, side bar call-outs provide focus and insight on topics of interest. Even though the title of the book highlights Old Testament kings, this book reviews many notable ancient Israelite leaders who do not fit the definition of an Old Testament king either because they were not a king or they lived after the time period of the Old Testament. Hence, in addition to Old Testament kings, the book discusses ancient Israelite ancestral leaders (such as the patriarchs, Moses, Joshua, and the Judges) as well as the rulers of Israel during the 2nd temple period (such as the Hasmoneans and Herod the Great).”