Tag Archives: Literary Criticism

Evidences for the Book of Mormon: Why the missionary zeal of Abish?

Why would a seemingly ordinary woman rush to announce the good news?  I believe the answer is simple: faith.  And how does her name, Abish, serve as a word-play on her testimony and faith? Read more: Evidences for the Book of … Continue reading

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Hebrew Poetic Parallelism in Isaiah 2:17

During the summer 2012 Book of Mormon class we were studying Isaiah passages in the Book of Mormon.  I taught the students about Hebrew poetic parallelism.  In the most basic sense, parallelism is this.  An idea is expressed.  It is … Continue reading

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Alma. The Young Man in the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is full of incredible surprises including literary beauty and sophistication.  One example is the story of Alma the Elder.  He is introduced in the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 17:2) in the following way. “But there was … Continue reading

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Doctoral Qualifying Exams: Part 5 – Literary Criticism Questions

Day 2 Religious Studies Qualifying Exam Instructions: Answer these questions in four hours without access to outside resources. Memory 1. What is collective memory according to Halbwachs?  What is religious collective memory and how is it different from other kinds … Continue reading

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