long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Monday, September 10, 2018

M2C web part 8 - new development

I'm suspending my series on the M2C web because I've stumbled upon a treasure trove of original material that, as far as I can tell, has never been digitized and indexed. I have to go through it manually. I think you'll find it fascinating and highly relevant to the translation issues and Early Modern English.

The material doesn't appear in the Joseph Smith papers. It's not in my usual sources (Dan Vogel, Dale Broadhurst (http://olivercowdery.com/, centerplace.org, the M2C citation cartel, etc).

This all started as a chapter in my next book. I was writing about the Early Modern English fad, along with the translation generally. Now there is so much material that I can only summarize it in the book, but I'll probably write a separate more detailed book for people who like references.

I'm going to present it for the first time publicly at the Book of Mormon Evidence Conference in Sandy, Utah, on Sept. 28-9.

I hope to see you at the conference.

Title Page, Part One of Volume 3
BTW, the timing is perfect. It's just a few days after the BYU Studies event in Provo on Sept. 25. This is the one where Brothers Skousen and Carmack are introducing their new book the Critical Text series. I'll discuss that at the conference on the 28th and 29th.

I hope everyone is familiar with the Critical Text project. It is phenomenal. I refer to it all the time. My only problem with it is the Early Modern English theory, as we've been discussing.

Here's the main web page: http://criticaltext.byustudies.byu.edu/

I've gone through most of these books in detail, including Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 3. Part 3 of Volume 3 is the book they are going to be discussing on September 25.

Maybe they'll address the points I've discussed in this series on the M2C web and EME-OT. Maybe they'll address the new material I'm working on right now.

I hope they do, but I doubt they will.

My other talk at the conference is on Saints, the new Church history book. It's going to be epic.


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