Category Archives: Ancient writings

A Priesthood Manual for Backward Ten-Year-Olds

I have run into difficulties on the present [Melchizedek priesthood] lesson-manual: the committee wants something for backward ten-year-olds and they have a perfect right to it, only I keep telling them that I am not the guy to do it. Continue reading

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Forty Easters Ago

It’s hard to remember Hugh Nibley getting angry in a discussion about religion. Usually he took attacks in stride and found them stimulating rather than making him lose his tempter. I had certainly never seen anything provoke such an immediate and negative response from him. Continue reading

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A Strange World in which East and West, Past and Present Intermingle

The Egyptians are so different from every other ancient people that one hardly knows what to make of them. They are the only people we know of who deliberately planned to convey in formation to other ages than their own. Continue reading

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The Book of Mormon – a Bedizzening Variety of Stuff

This whole apocryphal world is brought together in the B. of M., a veritable handbook of motifs and traditions. As a work of fiction, as a mere intellectual tour de force, nothing could touch it – but along with that it is full of old Jewish lore that very few Jews have ever heard of, handles the desert situation in a way that delights my Medcans, and gives a picture of primitive Christianity that is right out of the Dead Sea Scrolls & the Nag Hamadi texts. What a theme for a kid of 23 to attempt. Continue reading

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Building on the Work of Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley’s groundbreaking work on ancient temples is bearing a bountiful new harvest among Latter-day Saint scholars. Continue reading

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Social Peace through Enforced Conformity

They settled instead for the poor shabby philosophy of St. Augustine – sit tight, don’t ask questions, do like the rest do, and you will be at least as safe as anybody else. Continue reading

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Clear Mirrors of the Celestial World

No matter how corrupt the world may become, the one who honestly searches can always find the true image of things as they were meant to be. Continue reading

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