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Authorcast #103: The Expanded Canon August 24 2018

Episode 103: The Expanded Canon
Hosted by Brian Whitney

On this episode, editors Blair Van Dyke, Brian Birch, and Boyd Petersen discuss the development of the Mormon Studies program at Utah Valley University, their annual conferences, the new UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series with Greg Kofford Books, as well as the contributors and topics in the first volume: The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts.

For those in the Utah area, please join us for the following events with the editors:

Tue Sep 18 | Writ & Vision (Provo) at 7:00 PM | RSVP on Facebook
Wed Sep 19 | Benchmark Books (SLC) at 5:30 PM | RSVP on Facebook


The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts
Edited by Blair G. Van Dyke, Brian D. Birch, and Boyd J. Petersen

Part of the UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series

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AuthorCast #102: Interview with Charles Randall Paul July 25 2018

Episode 102: Interview with Charles Randall Paul
Hosted by Brian Whitney

In this episode, Charles Randall Paul discusses his forthcoming book, Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America, as well as the interfaith organization he founded, the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, and offers a few suggestions for dealing with religious, political, and ideological conflict. Be sure to check out his recent article, "Contesting Truth through Mutual Openness."


Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America
By Charles Randall Paul

Available August 7, 2018
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AuthorCast #101: Interview with Blake Ostler July 11 2018

Episode 101: Interview with Blake Ostler
Hosted by Brian Whitney

Blake T. Ostler is an independent scholar residing in Salt Lake City, Utah,and the author of the multi-volume Exploring Mormon Thought series. Volume 1: The Attributes of God has recently been re-issued in paperback. In this interview, Blake discusses his background, the series, some of the key philosophocal discussions in The Attributes of God, such as the nature of free will, God's existence within time, and Mormon Christology.



“These books are the most important works on Mormon theology ever written. There is nothing currently available that is even close to the rigor and sophistication of these volumes.” — FARMS Review, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #100: Gospel Doctrine with David Bokovoy (1 & 2 Samuel) June 14 2018

Episode 100: Gospel Doctrine with David Bokovoy (1 & 2 Samuel)

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It's our 100th episode! In this episode, David discusses both 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel, covering the stories of King Saul and King David. 

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #99: Gospel Doctrine with David Bokovoy (Judges and Ruth) June 06 2018

Episode 99: Gospel Doctrine with David Bokovoy (Judges and Ruth)
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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In this episode, Brian and David discuss the books of Judges and Ruth. 

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #98: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18 with David Bokovoy May 10 2018

Episode 98: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Brian and David dive into the histories of the Hebrew Bible for Lesson 18, beginning with the book of Joshua.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #97: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17 with David Bokovoy May 09 2018

Episode 97: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Brian and David briefly discuss Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16 regarding Balaam's talking donkey before getting into Lesson 17, covering the book of Deuteronomy.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #96: Gospel Doctrine Lessons 13–15 with David Bokovoy April 18 2018

Episode 96: Gospel Doctrine Lessons 13–15 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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We are back from our break! Brian and David discuss Gospel Doctrine lessons 13 through 15, which covers most of Exodus and begins Numbers. Topics discussed include the story of Moses, the ten plagues and the Passover, the Ten Commandments, and Israel's curse to wander the desert for forty years. This is a long episode that compresses three lessons into one. We hope you find it useful in your personal study and class preparation.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #95: Interview with Newell G. Bringhurst April 03 2018

Interview with Newell G. Bringhurst
Hosted by Brian Whitney

In this episode, we interview Newell G. Bringhurst, author of Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, 2nd ed.  We discuss the history of the race-based priesthood and temple ban within Mormonism, the role that Mormon ethnic "whiteness" and "Ephraimite" identity played in Mormon racial views, and causes for the eventual policy shift within Mormonism that ended the priesthood and temple restriction to blacks.

Read Newell's article, "Five Times Mormons Changed Their Position on Slavery."


Newell Bringhurst will be signing books and speaking at Writ & Vision in Provo on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM, and at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 25th at 5:30 PM.


Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, 2nd ed.
By Newell G. Bringhurst

Available April 10, 2018
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AuthorCast #94: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12 with David Bokovoy March 21 2018

Episode 94: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Topics Discussed: Brian and David discuss Genesis chapters 40–45, which covers Joseph's interpretations of dreams, his rise to prominence in Egypt, and his ultimate reconciliation with his brothers.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #93: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11 with David Bokovoy March 13 2018

Episode 93: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Topics Discussed: Brian and David discuss Genesis chapters 32; 34; 37–39, which cover the change of Jacob's name to Israel, Israel's favor of Joseph, Joseph's "coat of many colors," Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, the temptation of Joseph by Potiphar's wive, and the sexual misconduct of Schechem the Hivite and Israel's sons Reuben and Judah.

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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AuthorCast #92: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10 with David Bokovoy March 06 2018

Episode 92: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Topics Discussed: In this double-sized episode, Brian and David discuss Genesis chapters 24–29, which covers the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca and the births of Jacob and Esau, along with Esau selling his inheritence to Jacob, Jacob taking Esau's birthright blessing from Isaac, Jacob's dream of a ladder to heaven, and the marriages of Jacob to Leia and Rachel. 

David Bokovoy holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies both from Brandeis University. He is the author of Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy and the forthcoming Authoring the Old Testament: The Prophets, both part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series.


This book should be basic reading for serious LDS students of the Bible.” — Eric D. Huntsman, Coordinator of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Brigham Young University

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