A Letter from Daniel C. Peterson

Dear Friends:

We’re approaching Christmas and the end of 2014.  It seems appropriate, therefore, to thank all those whose generous donations of time, energy, and money have made the accomplishments of The Interpreter Foundation possible.  We’re deeply and humbly grateful.  We know that you owe us and the Foundation nothing whatever, and we’re genuinely moved by the support that our work has received.

I also wish to report on the current status of The Interpreter Foundation, and, candidly, to encourage further support, in whatever form, from those able to give it.  Some of you, I expect, will be thinking about year-end charitable deductions this month.  There are many extremely worthy causes for you to support; we hope that you’ll keep Interpreter in mind. Continue reading

Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference Now Available for Free Viewing

The Interpreter Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference, which was held in Provo, Utah, on 25 October 2014. They may be freely viewed at this link on the Interpreter Foundation’s website, or on its YouTube channel. A YouTube playlist is also available.

Reviewed Again: Textual and Comparative Explorations in 1 & 2 Enoch

Allen Hansen of FairMormon has reviewed Samuel Zinner’s Textual and Comparative Explorations in 1 & 2 Enoch. Hansen concludes: “If you have an interest in ancient and medieval texts and thought, as well as possible affinities with our scripture and doctrine, this book is for you. Zinner is worth hearing out.” Read the review here.

Three New Books Now Available from Interpreter

The Interpreter Foundation is pleased to announce that three new books are now available from The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books:

  • Temple Insights (Eds. W. J. Hamblin and D. R. Seely)
  • Ancient Temple Worship (Eds. M. B. Brown, J. M. Bradshaw, S. D. Ricks, J. S. Thompson)
  • Textual and Comparative Explorations of 1 & 2 Enoch (Samuel Zinner)

Bret Eborn will have softcover copies of the two temple books (along with other publications) available for sale at the Temple on Mount Zion Conference on Saturday. A printout of the Zinner book will also be available, the softcover copies will not arrive in time.

Hardcover versions of the temple books are available for purchase online ($24.95)–they are currently being printed so current orders may take a few weeks to be fulfilled. Softcovers will be put online once the hardcovers sell out ($19.95). The Zinner book will be up online for sale before Saturday–it will only be available in softcover ($19.95).

The Ancient Temple Worship book is now up at Amazon for sale: http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Temple-Worship-Proceedings-Symposium/dp/1890718521/

The Temple Insights book and all the authors are listed on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Temple-Insights-Proceedings-Interpreter-Conference/dp/1890718505/

Samuel Zinner’s book on 1 and 2 Enoch will be up on Amazon before Saturday.

The FairMormon Bookstore will also have all three books soon. They have usually offered these books at a discount.

A teaser chapter from Samuel Zinner’s book discussing Enoch parallels with 1 Nephi and the book of Moses (among other things) will be published on Friday in the Interpreter journal and on the website.

Margaret Barker has said about the book:

“This is a glimpse of the future of Enoch studies. I could not put the book down. Zinner scrutinizes the work of several scholars.  He finds traces of them not only in the Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, but also in Mandaean texts, the Quran, the Zohar and the Scriptures of the Latter-day Saints. Each essay is a gem.” (Margaret Barker, former President of the Societybackground of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament)

FairMormon has one review posted on the Zinner Enoch book by Colby Townsend: http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/10/21/book-review-a-non-lds-approach-to-enoch-for-an-lds-audience-samuel-zinners-textual-and-comparative-explorations-in-1-2-enoch/

Colby’s concluding paragraph reads:

“With the combination of Zinner’ssuch as Hugh Nibley and Margaret Barker will find a welcome home in this book, and the time they spend in its study that will be richly rewarded.”

Other reviews will be available shortly.