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Authorcast #110: Bradley J. Kramer, author of Gathered in One: How the Book of Mormon Counters Anti-Semitism in the New Testament September 24 2019

Show description: For devotees of Christian scripture, the suggestion that the New Testament contains anti-Semitic rhetoric is challenging. After all, how could the New Testament, largely written by Jewish authors about the Jewish Messiah contain any trace of disdain towards its own people? However, centuries of Christian hatred towards Jews demonstrates its roots in the New Testament portrayals of the Jews as a corrupt, conspiring, and murderous people. Take for example the near absolution of Pontius Pilate regarding the crucifixion of Jesus. The Gospels make clear that the blame for Jesus’s death rests upon the corrupt Jewish leaders and people who handed the Savior over to Roman authorities and, when given the chance to redeem him, shouted: “crucify him!” This New Testament depiction has led to the labeling of Jews as Christ-killers. Horrifically, this attitude has inspired pogroms against the Jewish people, the killing of Jews during the Crusades, and, in more recent times, the Jewish Holocaust. We are still dealing today with negative stereotypes of Jews that stem from early Christian attitudes.

For author Bradley Kramer, a scholar dedicated to interfaith studies and relations between Jews and Latter-day Saints, the Book of Mormon offers a different, decidedly pro-Jewish take while not undermining the authority of the New Testament. In his book, Gathered in One: How the Book of Mormon Counters Anti-Semitism in the New Testament, Bradley demonstrates how The Book of Mormon contains an intentionally pro-Judaic stance. For example, Bradley argues that the Book of Mormon minimizes Jewish involvement in the crucifixion of Jesus and rejects supersessionist claims by portraying the Jewish people as still being God’s covenant people. Taken together with the New Testament, the Book of Mormon smooths out the sharp edges of anti-Semitic imagery, settings, and language.

Gathered in One: How the Book of Mormon Counters Anti-Semitism in the New Testament
By Bradley J. Kramer

“His thesis is fresh, provocative, and rigorously argued. A signal contribution to Book of Mormon studies.”  Terryl Givens

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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 #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 #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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AuthorCast #91: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9 with David Bokovoy February 27 2018

Episode 91: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9 with David Bokovoy
Hosted by Brian Whitney

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Topics Discussed: Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar; Ishmael and Isaac; and the binding of Isaac for sacrifice.

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 #90: Interview with William V. Smith February 22 2018

Interview with William V. Smith
Hosted by Brian Whitney

In this episode, we interview William V. Smith about his new book, Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation

Read Bill's article, "A Very Brief History of D&C Section 132: The Plural Marriage Revelation"


William V. Smith will be signing books and speaking at a panel discussion hosted by Writ & Vision in Provo on Tuesday, March 13th. The panel will also feature Lindsay Hansen Park (Year of Polygamy podcast) and independent historian Don Bradley. The event is free to attend and begins at 7PM. Writ & Vision is located at 274 W. Center Street, Provo, UT.


Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation
By William V. Smith

Part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series

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