Women of the Old Testament make more than 120 of the 170 named female figures in the standard works. How many of their stories do we know? How many names can we name? Why does it matter? BYU’s Camille Fronk Olson says that the lessons of biblical women matter now as much as ever.
The Song of Solomon (also called the Song of Songs) has a controversial history. Its sensual themes have been interpreted as both scriptural pornography and inspired allegory.
The division manifests itself in Latter-day Saint thought. Joseph Smith made only one comment about the Bible book, and leaders have made statements on both sides of the issue. BYU’s Dana Pike expounds on a recent BYU Studies article focused on the nature of “open questions.”
Let’s Talk About the Book of Abraham is an easy-to-read summary of the important gospel topic. Egyptologist Kerry Muhlestein looks at its history, discusses the facsimiles, and weighs the limitations of current theories—including his own. Muhlestein also describes the benefits of the Joseph Smith Papers manuscripts and explains how he’s been spiritually uplifted by the doctrines in Abraham’s book.
Sharon J. Harris is an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. She is also the author of a volume in the Maxwell Institute’s Brief Theological Introductions series about Enos, Jarom, and Omni.
Excerpts from Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible (JST) have been included as footnotes in the Latter-day Saint standard works since 1978. The translation process used by the Prophet remains a source of mystery today. Some scholars feel that Joseph Smith consulted and borrowed from Adam Clark’s commentary of the Bible. Others, like Kent P Jackson, believe there are flaws in the hypothesis.
Scholar Terryl Givens is the author of 2nd Nephi: A Brief Theological Introduction. He has also published a landmark biography of Eugene England.
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw breaks down some of today’s most important questions from the Pearl of Great Price and introduces the 2020 Interpreter Foundation conference, “Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses.” He is also the lead editor of Hugh Nibley Observed.