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Ancient Temple Imagery in the Sermons of Jacob

By David Bokovoy @ Interpreter

This essay makes a compelling argument for Jacob, the brother of Nephi, having deep knowledge of ancient Israelite temple ritual, concepts, and imagery, based on two of Jacob’s sermons in 2 Nephi 9 and Jacob 1-3. For instance, he discusses the duty of the priest to expiate sin and make atonement before the Lord and of entering God’s presence. Jacob quotes temple-related verses from the Old Testament, like Psalm 95. The allusions to the temple are not forced, but very subtle. Of course, Jacob’s central topic, the atonement, is a temple topic itself, and its opposite, impurity, is also expressed by Jacob in terms familiar and central to an ancient temple priest. The temple is also shown as a gate to heaven.

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This volume is about Latter-day Saints learning from Jews and the Jewish experience. This book is unique. It is not a traditional interfaith dialogue where the goal is to learn from each other. Rather, Latter-day Saints seek to give Jews the microphone, so to speak, and let them talk about themselves on their own terms. Only then do Latter-day Saint respond, and not with the goal of establishing areas of agreement or disagreement but as an opportunity to learn from Jews. This book turns to the wisdom of Jews and Judaism to inform, inspire, and enhance the lived religious experience of Latter-day Saints.

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Jesus the Jewish Miracle Worker- Nature and Food Miracles

By Trevan Hatch @ Strangers in Jerusalem

In this episode, we look at Jesus as a Jewish miracle worker who performs food and nature miracles.

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Do We Have Non-Biblical Evidence that Jesus Existed?

By Daniel C. Peterson @ Meridian Magazine

The claims of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of the latter-day Restoration aren’t mere vague metaphysical musings.  They rest upon, and are firmly anchored in, real history in the real world.  Christianity rises or falls with a small number of basic historical assertions:  “The fundamental principles of our religion,” declared the Prophet Joseph Smith, “are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”

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