Warnick, Bryan R., Johnson, Benjamin A., and Sang Hyun Kim
Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Spring2014, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p24-47. 24p.
HOSPITALITY, BOOK of Mormon stories, HOMILIARIES, HISTORY, and RELIGION
The article discusses hospitality in religious texts, focusing on the importance of hospitality in the Book of Mormon. Other topics include instances of hospitality in the Old Testament, examples of hospitality in stories from the Book of Mormon including Nephi and Zoram, Alma and Amulek, and Ammon and Aaron, and hospitality in the Book of Mormon homiliaries.
Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Spring2013, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p108-139. 32p.
BLESSING & cursing, BLESSING & cursing in the Bible, MORMON Church history, MILLENNIALISM, MORMON doctrines, MORMON missionaries, and HISTORY
The article discusses the history of ritual cursing in the Mormon Church. According to the author, this ritual was an expression of Christian primitivism and arose at a time when Mormon missionaries experienced considerable persecution and alienation from non-Mormon populations. It is suggested that as the Church grew and became more stable, and as it moved away from millenarian ideology, ritual cursing was seen as unnecessary and was eventually discarded. Details on Biblical precedents for the ritual and on its use by Mormon missionaries are also presented.
Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Summer2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p39-52. 14p.
BIBLE & literature, POETRY (Literary form), HISTORY, TRIBES, and KINSHIP
Describes the history of the psalter, as the Book of Psalms are collectively called, the types into which they divide, and the characteristics of their poetry. Placement of the psalms according to themes and repetition of key words; Authorship and date of the biblical literature; Performance of the psalms in the temple in Jerusalem, which was the central shrine of the tribes.
Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Summer2010, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p64-85. 22p.
THEOLOGY, HISTORY, and BIBLICAL criticism
This article discusses Mormon religion founder Joseph Smith's creative interpretations of the Bible. The author cites a paper written by Krister Stendahl, a New Testament scholar, that compares the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew in the King James Version of the Bible with 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a translation of a book that was claimed by Joseph Smith to have been given to him by an angel. Stendahl notes that Smith has added extra beatitudes to those of Jesus's sermon. Smith's additions expand the Bible to include versions that applied to the needs of his religious community.