Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 6-10

Joseph Spencer’s book on typology and the Book of Mormon appears to be back in print (and free, here). Good stuff, and relevant to today’s material as well as Nephi’s interpretive Isaiah material.

In this section, Jacob  is speaking by assignment on a topic from Nephi, (2Ne 6:4), and the topic is Isaiah.

When Bishop Nephi asked me to speak on Isaiah…

Continue reading “Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 6-10”

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 13-14

For those of you who are new to the blog (and the stats suggest there are a few), check out my suggested reading list on the Book of Mormon.

Nephi’s vision seems at times to border on the genre called apocalyptic [link to all my posts and podcasts talking about genre]. Apocalypses came up recently in my first post on Revelation. The genre is important to recognize, because it inform how we understand it. Continue reading “Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 13-14”

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 1-7

These are the most familiar chapters to any Mormon, and I’ve literally spent weeks on them in Institute, going slowly and thoroughly. I’d wager many of us could recite 1 Nephi 1:1 from memory, and a good number of us in our mission language; not from trying to memorize it, just from having read it so much. Familiarity does not necessarily mean understanding, though. The following questions appear unrelated, but are clues to what’s going in in the initial chapters and indeed, all of 1-2 Nephi. And it’s quite different than what people assume. Continue reading “Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 1-7”

Revelation 22, Curses, and Copy Protection

A medieval scribe. Jean le Tavernier, Public Domain

I first wrote this over 15 years ago, reposted it somewhere else, and both locations have now disappeared from the online ether. So, given that we’re studying Revelation right now, I thought I’d repost it, slightly edited but uncorrected or updated, and complete with my younger, brasher style.

What’s the best LDS response to the idea that Revelation 22:18-19 closes the canon? Continue reading “Revelation 22, Curses, and Copy Protection”