LDS Blogspotting

1. Penal Substitutionary Atonement rules the day at the New Cool Thang.  This is the most humorous post that I have ever seen at the Thang.  Of course, what does one expect when everybody carries around KJV Bibles?

2.  Should we look for an LDS KJV Study Bible?  Well, probably not at Faith Promoting Rumor.  Source it at BYU-Idaho, and then watch Glenn Beck take it national.  🙂

3.  Brian questions, Are “Fundamentalist Mormons” Truly Fundamental?  So let me ask you this question, “Are ‘Independent Fundamental Baptists’ truly fundamental?” (again I am smiling)


  1. What I’ve began to notice is that while scripture-toting English-speaking Latter-day Saints today typically quote from the KJV traditionally, several other versions are used and adapted in the pursuit of scholarship. By no means are Latter-day Saints exclusively KJV-onlyists, though it remains commonly used. Probably two of the most significant treatises on the LDS use of the KJV are J. Reuben Clark’s “Why the King James Version,” Deseret Book 1979 and Philip Barlow’s “Mormons and the Bible: The Place of Latter-day Saints in American Religion” (Religion in America).

    BYU-Idaho courses in Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek require students to study outside the KJV. Most professors of Religion at BYU-Idaho are competent in their scholarship beyond the use and limitations of the KJV.

  2. Tyler, I have been very interested in taking some Hebrew, Greek, and Bible courses at BYU-Idaho. Which courses and/or professors would you recommend?

  3. Todd-

    You’d have to be accepted as a student prior to applying for any courses at BYU-Idaho. That would require an ecclesiastical endorsement, and for the roughly 21,000 students that attend BYU-Idaho each year, only 17 are non-members. As far as the classes go, I’d recommend:

    FDREL301H (Old Testament/Biblical Hebrew Genesis-2 Samuel)
    FDREL302H (Old Testament/Biblical Hebrew 1 Kings-Malachi)

    Both courses are taught by Dr. Ross Baron formerly the Claremont Institute Director.

    HON202J is a course in New Testament Greek that comes highly recommended. There is also Greek 101 and Greek 102. These of course, depend on the semesters they’re available. The New Testament Greek class would require a GPA above 3.5.

    For other Biblical courses I highly recommend FDREL 211 (New Testament) taught by Roy Huff. Richard Openshaw is also excellent. Huff recently returned from teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center, Openshaw is the former Institute Director at Idaho State.

    BYU-Provo has a much broader program in regards to Near Eastern and Biblical Studies, while BYU-Idaho is still in its infancy. My post-graduate studies will be more concentrated at BYU-Provo, thus allowing me to pursue these courses in depth.

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