Category Archives: Ancient Near East

The Golden Calf, Moses, Aaron, and the Northern Priests of Israel

Two Kingdoms, Two Writers Exodus 32 is a story that shows that after Israel escapes Egypt that their first apostate is none other than Aaron, the High Priest. In this account Aaron gives in to the wishes of the people … Continue reading

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The Merneptah Stele

Discovered in western Thebes, Egypt, in 1896 by W.F. Petrie, the hieroglyphic inscription on this stele from 1208 B.C.E. contains the earliest surviving reference to “Israel” outside of the text of the Bible. The text on the stele commemorates a … Continue reading

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Kingship and Coronation

Articles Othmar Keel, “The Enthronement,” section 2, of Chapter V: The King in The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms [1997] pages 256-268. See: Symbolism of the Biblical World Stephen D. Ricks and … Continue reading

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Psalms

This page will help the reader to understand more about the Psalms of Israel and how they related to the Plan of Salvation, Kingship, and the Temple. Kingship and Coronation Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord? The … Continue reading

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The Cosmic Myth

The Hymn of the Pearl and the Cosmic Myth The Cosmic Myth is a story that teaches of eternal truths even though it may or may not be totally historically accurate. 1 Thus, the traditional Cosmic Myth is familiar to … Continue reading

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Why is Abraham is cutting up all these animals in Genesis 15?

Cutting Covenants This article is posted here on the BYU Religious Education website. Jared T. Parker is a product specialist coordinator in the medical division of W. L. Gore & Associates in Flagstaff, Arizona. Covenants have always been a critical … Continue reading

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Abraham Wrecks Terah’s Idols

Abraham the Destroyer of Idols When President Nelson shared the story of his breaking the bottles of alcohol his father owned, I kept thinking about another prophet who also broke things. President Nelson shared the following story last April: “I … Continue reading

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