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Ancient history History

Why Isn’t Ezra Mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide fascinating insight into Second Temple Judaism. Curiously, the scrolls include fragments from the Book of Ezra—but there’s no actual mention of the scribe. That leads to some interesting questions. For example, was Ezra a real person? And, if he was, why don’t the Dead Sea Scrolls mention him? In this interview, biblical scholar Charlotte Hempel explains the most popular theories.

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History Intellectualism Joseph Smith

Sam Brown on the Words and Worlds of Early Mormonism

If you’ve ever wanted to take a deep dive into the cultural, intellectual, and historical implication of Joseph Smith, you may want to consider Sam Brown as your muse. A physician and scientist by day, Brown dives deep into the esoteric metaphysics of the early Latter-day Saint prophet in his Oxford University Press publication, Joseph Smith’s Translation: The Words and Worlds of Early Mormonism.

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Ancient history History

Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth

The story says a group of Jewish rebels committed mass suicide at Masada, Israel, 2,000 years ago during the Jewish Second Temple period. But what does archaeology reveal about what actually happened? Join archaeologist Jodi Magness as she discusses her book, Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.

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Come Follow Me History Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History

The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast

Latter-day Saints celebrate 1820 as the year in which Joseph Smith first saw and conversed with God the Father and Jesus Christ. To mark the bicentennial of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, the Joseph Smith Papers Project has released a six-episode podcast, The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast hosted by Spencer McBride.

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Come Follow Me History Latter-day Saint History

Latter-day Saint Temples

Richard Bennett is a professor of Church History and Doctrine and BYU, the author of Temples Rising: A Heritage of Sacrifice, and president of the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters.

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History Scriptures

Scholar Explores Era, Events that Shape Modern Religions in ‘Crucible of Faith’

A recent book by Philip Jenkins looks at a tumultuous time in history that contains lessons for believers trying to navigate today’s religious landscape.

Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World” (Basic Books, $19.99) covers a time period of about two centuries prior to the birth of Christ to a half-century after his death.
So much happened in such a short amount of time such that Jenkins refers to it as a crucible in which different world faiths were shaped.
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Ancient history History

Meet Enoch Seminar Director Gabriele Boccaccini

Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini discusses the Enoch Seminar, a group devoted to studying the common roots of early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.