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Full Issue, 2023 Brigham Young University

Full Issue

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Vol. 2 Now Available, 2023 Brigham Young University

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Vol. 2 Now Available

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Charlesworth's second and final volume of The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha has just been released by Doubleday. This long-awaited collection of important early Christian and Jewish writings is the result of more than a decade of work by dozens of scholars, including F.A.R.M.S. correspondent Stephen E. Robinson. Each volume is 1000 pages long, and volume 2 contains a valuable index for both volumes. Act now if you want these books--a price increase has already been announced by Doubleday, effective January 1, 1986.


More About Mulek, 2023 Brigham Young University

More About Mulek

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Another possible clue of the existence and escape of Mulek (see Insights, March 1984, and Update, February 1984), son of Zedekiah, has been noticed by Benjamin Urrutia. 2 Kings 25:1-10 reports that Nebuchadnezzar and "all his host" scattered "all the men" and "all [the king's] army" and burnt "all the houses of Jerusalem" and with "all the army" destroyed the walls. Ben points out that in the midst of all this, 25:7 omits the word "all" when it reports that "sons" of Zedekiah were killed, refuting, perhaps, the idea that all …


Stephen Ricks, Les Campbell, Teri Bergstrom Take New Positions; John Sorenson Recovering, 2023 Brigham Young University

Stephen Ricks, Les Campbell, Teri Bergstrom Take New Positions; John Sorenson Recovering

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

This month, Stephen D. Ricks joined John W. Welch and John L. Sorenson as members of the FARMS Board of Directors. Stephen has been an active, contributing FARMS researcher for several years. His dissertation, "A Lexicon of Inscriptional Qatabanian" (an ancient South Arabian dialect), earned him his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. At Brigham Young University, he teaches Hebrew, Aramaic, Near Eastern mythologies, and a class on texts and temples. He brings great enthusiasm, dedication, and scholarship to this position with FARMS, and is greatly appreciated.


Handheld Weapons In The Book Of Mormon, 2023 Brigham Young University

Handheld Weapons In The Book Of Mormon

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

The first in a substantial series of studies on warfare in the Book of Mormon has been completed this month. This new Preliminary Report by Arabist William Hamblin, Ph.D. (Michigan), focuses on handheld weapons in the Book of Mormon, in pretechnical military practices of the Near East, and in Mesoamerican archaeology. Dr. Hamblin's work on this subject was funded by a research grant from F.A.R.M.S. He is currently working for the United States Department of Defense.


The B. H. Roberts Story, 2023 Brigham Young University

The B. H. Roberts Story

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

The Lord obviously did not intend the Book of Mormon to be an open-and-shut case intellectually, either pro or con. No miracle and no matter of faith is.


Benjamin's Speech As An Early Jewish Festival, 2023 Brigham Young University

Benjamin's Speech As An Early Jewish Festival

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Twelve researchers have collaborated over the past year to examine King Benjamin's Speech in light of Jewish festivals. Their results are now available in a lengthy report, compiled by John W. Welch.


Full Issue, 2023 Brigham Young University

Full Issue

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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Special Thanks To Kirk Magleby And Ken Porter, 2023 Brigham Young University

Special Thanks To Kirk Magleby And Ken Porter

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Two hard-working FARMS officers have stepped down this month. Ken Porter, our Vice President in charge of Development, has recently accepted a mission call to serve with his wife, Ann, in England. Ann has also been working for FARMS as a secretary. We wish them great success!


Open Houses In Provo, 2023 Brigham Young University

Open Houses In Provo

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Guests in Provo for CES meetings and Education Week are invited to open houses at the FARMS office in Provo on August 15 and 22 (both Thursdays) between 7 and 10 p.m. You will be able to see screenings of the three FARMS videos, visit with authors, peruse our stock of nearly 300 publications, and find out how the Foundation operates. The office is located upstairs in Amanda Knight Hall, on the corner of 800 North and University Avenue. Call us at (801) 378-3295 if you have any questions.


Thieves And Robbers, 2023 Brigham Young University

Thieves And Robbers

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Although there isn't much difference between a thief and a robber in most minds, there was a considerable difference between the two under ancient Near Eastern law. A thief (ganab) was usually a local person who stole from his neighbor. He was dealt with judicially. He was tried and punished civilly, most often by a court composed of his fellow townspeople. A robber, on the other hand, was an outsider, a brigand or highwayman. He was dealt with militarily. These outlaws could be executed summarily.


How Was The Book Of Mormon Used By The Early Saints?, 2023 Brigham Young University

How Was The Book Of Mormon Used By The Early Saints?

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

When the Book of Mormon was first translated and published, it was brand new to the entire world. Its doctrines, messages, personalities, and details were all in need of rediscovery. Even the Prophet Joseph Smith, the instrument through which God transmitted this record, does not appear to have fully assimilated all its complexities and nuances, for he rarely quoted from the Book of Mormon (as one might expect had he written the book).


Joseph Smith And The Book Of Mormon, 2023 Brigham Young University

Joseph Smith And The Book Of Mormon

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Increasingly, questions are being asked about how the Book of Mormon came to be. Few of these questions are new, for each generation must confront the challenging presence of the Book of Mormon for itself, the same as have the generations before us. In this light, it may be of interest for us to reread the five-part series from the 1959 Improvement Era written by Hugh Nibley, entitled "Mixed Voices." For the first time, these five articles are now available as a set.


"Salamanders" And "Short-Hand Egyptian", 2023 Brigham Young University

"Salamanders" And "Short-Hand Egyptian"

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

The 1830 letter of Martin Harris to W. W. Phelps, published in the Church News in April, has already attracted national attention. In this letter, Harris describes an early spiritual appearance to Joseph Smith, stating that "the spirit transfigured himself from a white salamander in the bottom of the hole."


Farms Finishes Three Major Projects In June, 2023 Brigham Young University

Farms Finishes Three Major Projects In June

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

June has been a productive month. Thanks to hundreds of volunteer hours, three significant projects have recently been completed. We think you will be interested in each of them.


Full Issue, 2023 Brigham Young University

Full Issue

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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Donors, 2023 Brigham Young University

Donors

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

In our fiscal year just ended, F.A.R.M.S. received voluntary donations from 1330 individuals. A special thanks goes to the following who gave between $500 and $5,000 this year. Your support makes the work of the Foundation possible!


Office Staff News, 2023 Brigham Young University

Office Staff News

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

In July, Janet Twigg moved to Ohio. We will miss her loyal and valuable service as our Office Manager.


Gadianton Robbers As Guerrilla Warriors, 2023 Brigham Young University

Gadianton Robbers As Guerrilla Warriors

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Guerrilla warfare has become depressingly familiar to us from places like China, Nicaragua, Angola, Cuba, Korea, the Spanish Sahara, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. Although guerrilla tactics have received much attention and achieved notable success in the so-called "Cold War," they are not really new. On the contrary, they can be identified in ancient times-and the Book of Mormon provides a particularly clear example of them.


Temple Bibliography, 2023 Brigham Young University

Temple Bibliography

Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Temple worship and service were common elements in ancient Near Eastern societies. Connected with the temple system were various ritual practices. Present-day scholars find fascination and mystery while studying these sanctuaries and their environs, and seem never to exhaust the possibilities in writing about new discoveries.


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