On Doubting Nephi’s Break Between 1 and 2 Nephi: A Critique of Joseph Spencer’s An Other Testament: On typology

Abstract: In 2012 Joseph Spencer published an analysis of 1st and 2nd Nephi that interprets a phrase in 1 Nephi 19:5 as implying the true break in Nephi’s writings is not between the two scriptural books we now use but rather to be found at the end of 2 Nephi 5 and that the spiritual core (the “more sacred part”) of the small plates is in 2 Nephi chapters 6–30. In this essay I have mobilized several arguments from the canons of literary interpretation and basics of the Hebrew language to demonstrate that this starting point for Spencer’s interpretation of Nephi’s writings is seriously flawed. Continue reading

Scripture Roundtable 155: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11, Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ

This is Scripture Roundtable 155 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson #11, Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ, focusing on scriptures in 2 Nephi 31-33, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2016 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Stephen Smoot, Cassandra Hedelius, and Daniel Peterson.

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Scripture Roundtable 154: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10, He Inviteth All to Come unto Him

This is Scripture Roundtable 154 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson #10, He Inviteth All to Come unto Him, focusing on scriptures in 2 Nephi 26-30, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2016 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster.

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Scripture Roundtable 153: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9, My Soul Delighteth in the Words of Isaiah

This is Scripture Roundtable 153 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson #9, My Soul Delighteth in the Words of Isaiah, focusing on scriptures in 2 Nephi 11-12, 15-16, 21-22, and 25, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2016 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Martin Tanner, Kristine Frederickson, and Daniel Peterson.

Note: We are aware of an audio quality problem with Martin Tanner, and are working to find a solution. It seems to be an issue for others as well who are using Google Hangouts, and we are trying to diagnose it. If you know of a fix, please let us know.

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Scripture Roundtable 152: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8, O How Great the Goodness of Our God

This is Scripture Roundtable 152 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson #8, O How Great the Goodness of Our God, focusing on scriptures in 2 Nephi 9-10, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2016 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster.

Note: We are aware of an audio quality problem with Martin Tanner, and are working to find a solution. It seems to be an issue for others as well, and we are trying to diagnose it. If you know of a fix, please let us know.

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