By Julie M. Smith
Our scripture learn and analyzing frequently suppose that the prophetic figures in the texts are in whole contract with one another. due to this we will fail to acknowledge that these authors and personalities usually have different—and occasionally competing—views on essentially the most very important doctrines of the Gospel, together with the character of God, the jobs of scripture and prophecy, and the Atonement.
In this distinct quantity, fictionalized dialogues among many of the voices of scripture illustrate how those changes and disagreements aren't flaws of the texts yet are really crucial positive aspects of the canon. those artistic dialogues comprise Abraham and activity debating the application of pain and our submission to God, Alma and Abinidi disagreeing at the position of justice within the Atonement, and the authors Mark and Luke discussing the function of ladies in Jesus’s ministry. it really is via studying and embracing the several views in the canon that readers may be able to realize simply how wealthy and invigorating the scriptures may be. The dialogues inside this quantity exhibit how simply as “iron sharpeneth iron,” so will we sharpen our personal options and ideology as we have interaction not only some of the voices within the scriptures but additionally a number of the voices inside our neighborhood (Proverbs 27:17).
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“A version for a brand new, Jewish-informed means of examining scriptures with wealthy power for Latter-day Saint audiences. person who embraces complexity instead of fleeing from it; an method that values nuance and richness over simplicity and closure. hugely recommended.” — Fiona Givens, co-author of The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections at the Quest for religion and The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism is smart of Life
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