Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Moving Rock in the Wilderness – Exodus 17 & Numbers 20

The Moving Rock in the Wilderness How did the Israelites deal with the logistics of traveling in the wilderness for forty years with all of those people? With 2 million people to feed, water, clothe, bathe (not to mention waste … Continue reading

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Daniel

The Book of Daniel in Early Mormon Thought Daniel 1 – Wisdom and Knowledge Problems with Daniel 1 Daniel 2 – The Stone cut from the Mountain Daniel 3 – The Fiery Furnace Daniel 4-5 – The Tree, King’s Madness, … Continue reading

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The Book of Daniel in Early Mormon Thought

The Book of Daniel in Early Mormon Thought David J. Whittaker Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Versions of this essay were presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, December 1987, and at the Mormon History Association … Continue reading

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Daniel 10-12

Daniel 10-12 The Fourth Apocalyptic Vision Daniel 10 Daniel is shown the Lord in vision in this chapter. We read: Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded … Continue reading

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Daniel 9

Daniel 9 Apocalyptic Vision #3 Daniel 9 is about Daniel’s confession that the reason for the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the captivity is due to the failure of the Jewish people to be faithful to the covenant … Continue reading

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Daniel 8

Daniel 8 – Apocalyptic Vision #2 Daniel sees the rise of the Medo-Persian empire – verse 3 “a ram which had two horns”… (Daniel 8:3) He also sees the rise of the Greek Empire, brought about by the conquests of … Continue reading

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Daniel 7

Daniel 7 – Apocalyptic Vision #1 Daniel 7 is all about the rise of four mighty empires: Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The vision shifts in verse 9, where Daniel sees “the thrones cast down, and the Ancient of Days…” … Continue reading

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Apocalyptic Visions of Daniel

Daniel 7-12 contain visions of Daniel that are apocalyptic. What is apocalyptic literature? Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning revelation, and apocalyptic as an adjective describes the genre of literature that contains visionary or revelatory experiences. Although such writings have been known from ancient … Continue reading

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Did God provide quail before or after Sinai? (Comparing Numbers 11 to Exodus 16)

Problems with the narrative in Numbers 11 Many of the “murmuring” stories in the Exodus narrative were told in more than one textual tradition. In the present case, the story about the people’s desire for meat in the wilderness and … Continue reading

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Over a Billion Quail – Numbers 11

Judaic Hyperbole In Numbers 11, we read about how the Lord sent quail to the Israelites because they were complaining that they were tired of eating manna in the wilderness, that they lacked meat (something that contradicts the rest of … Continue reading

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