Category Archives: Student questions

Don’t Curse the Deaf! The Enchanted World of the Ancient Near East

The Enchanted World of the Ancient Near East One of the things we know as we study the world of the Ancient Near East (ANE) is that the association of religion with belief in the gods and the goddesses of … Continue reading

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How did Josiah change the religion of the Jewish nation?

What did the Deuteronomist reform? How did Josiah’s reign change the religion of the Israelites/The Kingdom of Judah? King Josiah changed the religion of Israel in the mid-seventh century BCE in several significant ways. According to the Old Testament account … Continue reading

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Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

Possible Constructions of The Gospel of John According to Marie-Émile Boismard, the Gospel of John may have gone through four hypothetical stages of composition. Each stage is intricately involved with the life of the Johannine community: Document C. This was … Continue reading

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When will we have “all things” revealed?

The lifting of the veil The lifting of the veil is probably a gradual thing, but one thing is certain: the conditions during the Millennium are perfect for gaining more knowledge. From time to time I am asked this question, … Continue reading

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Luke 23:43 Today you shall be with me in paradise

Today you shall be with me in paradise It is inspiring to me that while he was dying on the cruel cross, Jesus Christ was filled with love and empathy for others. He found the strength to minister to the … 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 Joseph Smith Hypocephalus

A translation of Facsimile #2 I appreciate the work that Michael Dennis Rhodes has put forward in our understanding of Facsimile #2. Below is an article that he published several years ago which has helped me in my quest to … Continue reading

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