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The Dead Sea Scrolls

Written on February 8, 2010 at 10:41 am, by

This past month Andrew Lawler published an essay on the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Smithsonian magazine (“Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?” [January 2010]: 40–47). The media likes controversy, and Lawler highlights it in this interesting essay. Since the first discoveries in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have captured the imagination of the public,

“The Stones Would Immediately Cry Out”

Written on May 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm, by

When Jesus came to Jerusalem on what would be his last visit, he walked from the Mount of Olives to the Holy City. As he did so, “the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen” (Luke 19:37). Luke

“In His Own Language”

Written on November 12, 2008 at 12:31 pm, by

In a remarkable revelation given through Joseph Smith in 1831, the Lord said, “The voice of warning shall be unto all people” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:4). This command may have seemed overwhelming for the fledgling Church of Jesus Christ. Two years later, in 1833, the Lord expanded the Church’s mission, saying, “Every man shall hear

Solitude, Silence, and Darkness" rel="bookmark">Solitude, Silence, and Darkness

Written on November 4, 2008 at 11:07 am, by

I enjoy browsing through National Geographic when it arrives in the mail each month. The cover story of the November 2008 issue captured my attention, “The End of Night: Why We Need Darkness.” Before the dawn of the twentieth century, the world had an abundance of three commodities: solitude, silence, and darkness. “In a very

New Context for Joseph Smith’s Revelations

Written on October 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm, by

BYU hosted the Thirty-Seventh Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium on campus,  “The Doctrine and Covenants: Revelations in Context” this past weekend (24-25 October 2008). It was a beautiful fall weekend in Provo! Named in honor of Sidney B. Sperry, a well-known and respected BYU Religious Education faculty member who taught from 1932 until 1969, the

It’s a classic!

Written on October 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm, by

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines a classic as “having lasting significance or worth; enduring” or “a work recognized as definitive in its field.” Until the second half of the twentieth century, anyone interested in building a library of classic books from the past would expect to find them in expensive bookstores.