This is volume 27 of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published by The Interpreter Foundation. It contains articles on a variety of topics including: "The Book of Mormon Witnesses and Their Challenge to Secularism", "Their Imperfect Best: Isaianic Authorship from an LDS Perspective", "'I Kneeled Down Before My Maker': Allusions to Esau in the Book of Enos", "Two New Studies of Biblical Repentance", "A Modern Translation of Genesis 1–11 in the Traditional Sense", "'How long can rolling waters remain impure?': Literary Aspects of the Doctrine and Covenants", "Gazelem the Jaredite", "Should We Apologize for Apologetics?", "Marjorie Newton on 'The Mormons in Australia' — A Retrospective Review", "The Divine Council in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon", "Miracles in the Book of Mormon", "Barlow on Book of Mormon Language: An Examination of Some Strained Grammar", "'He Did Go About Secretly': Additional Thoughts on the Literary Use of Alma’s Name", "Janus Parallelism in the Book of Job: A Review of Scott B. Noegel’s Work", "An Important Year in History", "Heralding a New Age of Book of Mormon Scholarship", "Jacob’s Protector", "Christmastime: When Our Souls Can Sing."

 
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The Interpreter Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization focused on the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants, early LDS history, and related subjects.

Our goal is to increase understanding of scripture through careful scholarly investigation and analysis of the insights provided by a wide range of ancillary disciplines, including language, history, archaeology, literature, culture, ethnohistory, art, geography, law, politics, philosophy, etc. Interpreter will also publish articles advocating the authenticity and historicity of LDS scripture and the Restoration, along with scholarly responses to critics of the LDS faith. We hope to illuminate, by study and faith, the eternal spiritual message of the scriptures—that Jesus is the Christ.

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The Interpreter Foundation
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Published on
Feb 28, 2018
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781986075923
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Language
English
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Religion / Christianity / Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
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