Category Archives: Belief

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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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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The fisherman and the old beat up boat

Today I was in a meeting listening to Elder and Sister Renlund. They both shared a wonderful parable about a man who was stranded in the open ocean, 30 miles from land. I tried to reproduce the parable the best … Continue reading

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The god Zedek in the Ancient Near East

The god Zedek in the Ancient Near East The West Semitic deity Zedek, ‘Righteousness’, is found in the Old and New Testament in the personal names Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 5:6; 6:20-7:17) and Adonizedek (Joshua 10:1), both Canaanite kings of … Continue reading

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