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Mormons and the Bible by Philip L. Barlow
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Feb 27, 2008

it was amazing

This is a sort of biographical approach to LDS scriptural hermeneutics. Starting with Joseph Smith and ending in the debates that were taking place in the late 80s and early 90s, Barlow illustrates a spectrum of beliefs about the Bible. I liked the chapter about the LDS response to Higher Criticism. Ralph Chamberlain, who was one of the first Latter-day Saints to use critical methods, got in trouble with more conservative elements and basically lost his job at BYU, along with others who were teaching evolution. In contrast to Joseph Fielding Smith, Chamberlain was very liberal in his approach to the texts. B.H. Roberts was similar to Chamberlain in his insistence that critical methods should be employed to LDS scriptures - yet Roberts was more cautious.

Along with the other students in the Mormonism seminar, I enjoyed the, "why the KJV?". Barlow makes the case that J. Reuben Clark almost singlehandedly made it so that future generations of LDS would use the KJV as their official Bible.
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