Yahweh is one of the most significant words in all of the Hebrew language. We hear echoes of it when Moses encounters the LORD at the burning bush of Mount Sinai and asks for the name of the God who was commanding him to deliver the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. The word Yahweh is the present tense of the Hebrew verb “to be.” Other English translations of Yahweh’s name could include “The Self-Existing One,” “The Being,” or simply “Is.” Learn more at my LDS Living article here.
Virtual Scriptures Group Creates Interactive Map of Book of Mormon, The Daily Universe, March 15, 2017.
“Early in this last dispensation a resounding call went forth through the Prophet Joseph Smith that the message of the gospel should be preached to all people.
Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.
This quote is familiar and the message even more so. Indeed, missionary work is one of the most fundamental aspects of the restored Gospel. Consider this: nearly all of the revelations in the Doctrine & Covenants that were received before the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ on April 6, 1830, reference in some way missionary work or the spreading forth of God’s gospel kingdom. That special urgency to share the knowledge of the truth with all who have ears to hear and hearts to obey has only become stronger across the years. Hence, we have a missionary mindset and a missionary-oriented church. Thus it is nearly impossible to imagine keeping the precious gift of the gospel all to ourselves. However, it is this type of mindset that we must understand if we are to fully appreciate the significant mindset transformation that occurred among the first Christians of the Ancient Church as they shifted from a Jewish audience to a worldwide Gentile audience. This monumental shift of focus is documented for us in Acts 10-15.”
Check out this Kickstarter project by a Josh and Sara Sabey, BYU students who are building an interfaith study Bible. This is a visionary project.
My scripture studies article “Between the Testaments: An Invitation to Explore the Intertestamental Time Period.” Quote from the opening paragraph:
“Have you ever turned the page from the last words of Malachi to the first utterances of Matthew? Go ahead. Turn that one page. What do you see? Exactly. Nothing.
“Was the world silent between Malachi and Matthew? Indeed it was not. But just how much time had passed between the two Testaments? What happened in the eastern Mediterranean world during that time? Did anything happen at all? Could ideas, beliefs and practices significantly change between the Testaments?
“Consider the following: Would we feel historically, ideologically and politically disoriented if our knowledge of Western history stopped in the year 1492 , skipped five hundred years, and then resumed again in the year 1992 ? Such a thought is absurd. No one could have a complete understanding of the modern world that we live in by skipping such a vast stretch of time which has seen enormous changes in so many aspects of life.
Yet, that is exactly what happens when we turn from the last page of Malachi to the first page of Matthew. Some five hundred years span the distance between these two Biblical writers, but we seem not to worry that the political, religious and ideological worlds that these two writers came from were in many ways radically different from each other. Indeed, when we comprehend the flux of change in the eastern Mediterranean world over the course of five hundred years, our understanding of the New Testament will be enlarged as wide as the chasm that now marks the apparent emptiness between the Testaments.”
Back in 2009 I published a book entitled “Distance Education Innovations and New Learning Environments: Combining Traditional Teaching Methods and Emerging Technologies.” I explored strategies and best practices for designing Biblical Studies courses using blended learning methodologies. Though I predicted it in my book, I could not have imagined then how quickly blended learning approaches have become essential for achieving learning in all fields, and not just in Biblical Studies.