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Photo Credit: Eran Menashri

It’s time for Mormons to talk about Jesus

A lot has happened in religious scholarship over the past 100 years, but the LDS Church doesn’t officially talk about it (yet).

Discovering Jesus

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MLK was initially troubled by religious scholarship, but eventually used his knowledge to help others. Photo: Creative Commons
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At some level, whenever we open the Bible we’re reading work influenced and interpreted by scholars. Photo Credit: Tamara Menzi

We have to recognize that when it comes to reading the Bible, in all cases we’re trusting scholars. The people who translated the KJV were scholars; the people who analyze biblical passages today are scholars. The difference is that contemporary scholars have far greater access to manuscripts and metadata than scholars during the reign of King James did.

Compiling the Gospels

More Than Literal Meaning

1. Visions and Dreams

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The nativity carries metaphors from other traditions—metaphors we’re generally not aware of today.

2. Blood in Gethsemane

3. Metaphor Became Doctrine

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Augustus was said to be the literal Son of God—far superior to mere mortals. His admirers thought it was impossible for someone so great to not be born of the gods.

The Beauty of the Truth

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