Jewish Studies

Talks About Talks

February 17, 2015
Talks About Talks

Who came up with the idea of doing lessons and talks about talks, including very recent talks?  Is this an activity that removes us from our own serious personal study of the gospel or does it elevate current teachings with scripture and bolster current leaders’ authority by studying their words?  Is it a worthwhile practice? […]

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The Reform LDS Church? I Doubt It

February 15, 2015
The Reform LDS Church? I Doubt It

One of the more peculiar comments I’ve seen made by those who claim to be “non-orthodox” Mormons is that the Church has no alternate, more flexible option that accommodates those who hold, what they might describe as, more liberal views regarding key Church doctrines and practices while retaining their cultural identities as Mormons. The example […]

Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Culture, Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Roman Catholic Church | 77 Comments »

Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, seminary | 10 Comments »

Patriarchal Tribes (Weekend Poll)

October 18, 2014
Patriarchal Tribes (Weekend Poll)

What’s your tribe?  Will we be called to a rumble at some point, tribe against tribe?  If so, knives or zip guns?  Sharks or Jets? Do you feel a personal affiliation with your assigned tribe (if you have one)? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Circumcision (weekend poll)

August 9, 2014
Circumcision (weekend poll)

Circumcision is one of the most prevalent procedures done to male infants in the United States, but there are many who question the value of circumcising boys, and it has dropped to the lowest level since the 1960s.  According to this article, circumcision helps prevent kidney and urinary tract infections.  It is also being used […]

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Posted in Culture, Jewish Studies, Mormon | 92 Comments »

Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

July 3, 2014
Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

With the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly, and the many criticisms made of Ordain Women, I wanted to take a wide look at advocacy and activism for and by women of faith in other religious groups and also to point out the interests expressed by wider society in such activity. We all ought to be […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

Segregating Men and Women

September 5, 2013
Segregating Men and Women

On my mission, my companion thought it would be fun to attend a Jewish Synagogue.  We knew Jews worship on the 7th day, rather than the first, so he called on Friday night to find out when “church” would be on Saturday.  To our surprise, the Jewish Sabbath runs from sundown Friday to Saturday, and […]

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Posted in Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

How do you say…?

May 16, 2013
How do you say…?

I’ve been listening to a guy on a documentary, and I swear he says the word “Judaism” wrong.  I’ve heard all kinds of pronunciations, so I’ll spell them phonetically below. For that matter, I think people can’t say “coupon” correct half the time. Maybe this is a Utah thing, but I hate how some people […]

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Symbolism of the Passover Points to Jesus Christ

March 29, 2013
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The traditional Jewish celebration of the Passover, which started Monday night, can illustrate the rich symbolism found in the Old Testament and show how the symbolism of the Passover points directly to Jesus Christ.  Please note that the original Passover observance is described in Exodus, chapters twelve and thirteen.  The modern Seder evolved from this […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Holy Land, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief | 3 Comments »

The Plan of Asherah

January 22, 2013
The Plan of Asherah

Quite some time ago I read Kevin Barney’s excellent article he wrote for Dialogue:  “How to Worship Our Mother in Heaven Without Getting Excommunicated.”  One of his references was a book by archaeologist, William Dever, called “Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel” which I just finished reading.  The gist of the […]

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Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

September 23, 2011
Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

I was listening to the radio yesterday and the topic of Israel was being discussed.  President Obama made a speech the other day to the United Nations defending Israel and warning against the official recognition of a Palestinian State prior to the negotiation of a real peace between the two peoples. President Obama eloquently stated […]

Posted in America, Church Policy, Freedom, History, Holy Land, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Politics | 60 Comments »

My Impressions of Israel, Part 1

December 10, 2010
My Impressions of Israel, Part 1

When I was first dating my wife, my future father-in-law said a very strange thing to me. As we were talking one evening, he asked me, “When are you going back?” “Back where?” “To Israel?” “I’ve never been” “Oh, I thought all Jewish people went to Israel?” “Well, I haven’t….yet.” So 29 years later, I […]

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Its here, Hanukah, The American Jewish Christmas

December 3, 2010
Its here, Hanukah, The American Jewish Christmas

I am over in Barcelona this week and had to be reminded that Hanukah started on Wednesday night (1 Dec).  I was talking to an Israeli colleague and asking him if Hanukah was a big deal in Israel. Not really, he said, it is a family holiday and we light the candles but it is […]

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