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About A. Keith Thompson

A. Keith Thompson LLB (Hons); M Jur; PhD is an Associate
Dean at the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law,
Sydney. He also practices commercial and property law in New
South Wales and Victoria, Australia. He formerly served twenty
years as International Legal Counsel for the Church in the Pacific
and Africa Areas and has also served in the Church as Bishop,
Stake President, and Mission President. He and his wife, Anita,
have eight children and six grandchildren so far.

Fashion or Proof? A Challenge for Pacific Anthropology

Abstract: This article is a call to Pacific anthropologists to write the story of the origin of mankind in the Pacific a bit larger and perhaps to look scientifically for additional explanations. Is it possible that the early diffusionists may have gotten some things right, albeit for the wrong reasons? Continue reading

Nephite insights into Israelite Worship Practices before the Babylonian Captivity

Abstract: General historical consensus holds that synagogues originated before the destruction of the Second Temple in AD 70, and therefore probably originated during the Babylonian captivity. The suggestion in Philo and Josephus that synagogues may have originated during the exodus was discredited by some historians in the 17th century, yet the Book of Mormon speaks of synagogues, sanctuaries, and places of worship in a manner which suggests that Lehi and his party brought some form of synagogal worship with them when they left Jerusalem around 600 BC. This essay revisits the most up to date scholarship regarding the origin of the synagogue and suggests that the Book of Mormon record provides ample reason to look for the origins of the synagogue much earlier that has become the academic custom. Continue reading