Abstract: The Liahona’s faith-based functionality and miraculous appearance have often been viewed as incongruous with natural law. This paper attempts to reconcile the Liahona to scientific law by displaying similarities between its apparent mechanisms and ancient navigation instruments called astrolabes. … Continue reading →
Abstract: Marjorie Newton's Mormon and Maori is a version of her 1998 thesis in which she rejects key elements of the Māori Latter-day Saint historical narrative. This contrasts with her earlier, faith-affirming Tiki and Temple. In Mormon and Maori Newton targets what she sees as Māori/missionary mythology. She has written for different audiences; one was for secular religious studies scholars, while the other was for faithful Saints. Midgley rejects Newton's claim that a Mormon American...
The November 4 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye and Stephen Smoot. Topics discussed included the Church’s musical pageants, the JSP Conference and the Book of Abraham, Book of Mormon geography, and anti-Semitism.
Abstract: This article is centered on possible causes for the fall of Israel and, secondarily, Judah. The topic is not new. The very destruction of these ancient kingdoms may be the cause for the production of much of the Biblical … Continue reading →
The October 28 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Steve Densley, Craig Foster and James Goldberg. Topics discussed included a discussion of new Interpreter articles, church history and James Goldberg discusses literature and poetry.
Abstract: Some have come to insist that the Book of Mormon should be read as inspired fiction, which is to say that readers, including Latter-day Saints, should abandon any belief in the Book of Mormon as an authentic ancient text … Continue reading →
The October 21 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Kris Frederickson and Bruce Webster. Topics discussed included the upcoming Sunday meeting changes as a narrowing focus on Christ, Volume 1 of Saints and historical literacy, and the worldwide Church.
Abstract: The works of Tolkien and the Book of Mormon have been compared in a variety of ways by multiple authors and researchers, but none have looked specifically at the unusual names found within both. Wordprint studies are one tool … Continue reading →
The October 14 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Allen Wyatt and Terry Hutchinson. Topics discussed include the new Martin Harris history, upcoming Interpreter Foundation projects and discussion of Bible translations and commentaries.
Abstract: In two related prophecies, Moroni employs an apparent wordplay on the name Joseph in terms of the Hebrew idiom (lōʾ) yôsîp … ʿôd (+ verbal component), as preserved in the phrases “they shall no more be confounded” (Ether 13:8) … Continue reading →
Abstract: This review essay looks at certain problematical issues in the recently published collection of essays honoring Latter-day Saint historian Richard Lyman Bushman. Problems emerge from the title itself, “To Be Learned is Good,” as a result of the failure … Continue reading →
Abstract: In 2nd Nephi, it is suggested that the Lord answers prayers but that requests made in prayer should not violate some kind of standard that would make them “amiss.” This undefined standard most likely excludes many prayers requesting immunity … Continue reading →
The September 23 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Steve Densley, Matthew Bowen and David Calabro. Topics discussed included a discussion of Jared Ludlow’s new book on the Apocrypha, the new LDS history Saints, and Bishop’s interviews and disciplinary actions.
Abstract: Latter-day Saints are often aware that the Apocrypha contains valuable sacred material along with some “interpolations of men,” but few know how to approach those ancient texts and what they could learn from them. A new book by Jared … Continue reading →
Abstract: This informative and very readable volume, targeted to a Latter day Saint audience, serves as an introduction to the Apocrypha and an exploration of Latter-day Saint views of the books. Even those already familiar with the Apocrypha will find this book … Continue reading →
The September 16 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson and Mike Parker. Topics discussed included the protests and excommunication of Sam Young, General Conference speculation and discussion and keys for understanding Isaiah.
Abstract: What is theosis? Why does the doctrine of theosis matter? Why did God become man so that man might become God? In his book To Become Like God, Andrew C. Skinner answers these questions with compelling clarity. He provides … Continue reading →
The September 9 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Martin Tanner, John Gee, Dan Peterson, and Terry Hutchinson discussing "Saints", BYU's New Testament commentary, linguistic analysis of the Book of Mormon text, scholarly insights about the witnesses to the Book of Mormon, "The Expanded Canon," and John Gee's book on the Book of Abraham.