Daily Feature

Each weekday, we spotlight content from BYU Studies: articles, reviews, web updates, staff picks, etc. These spotlights are called “Daily Features.” To read the full text for the feature, click the “Read More” link from the front page. You can download the article or other item for free during the week that it is featured.

Article of the Week "Sacred Books: The Canon of the Hebrew Bible at the End of the First Century"
March 30, 2015
by Robert L. Maxwell
This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Robert L. Maxwell published in issue 36:3 of BYU Studies. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

A number of fragmentary manuscripts in Hebrew and Aramaic have been found at Masada, including seven from the Hebrew Bible. These are Mas1a (Lev. 4:3-9), Mas1b (Lev. 8:31-11:40), Mas1c (Deut. 33:17-21), Mas1d (Ezek. 31:11-37:15), Mas1e (Ps. 81:6-85:6), Mas1f (Ps. 150:1-6), and Mas1g (Ps. 18:26-29). Aside from minor orthographic differences, these are, in all cases, the same as the Masoretic text (MT) of the Hebrew Bible we have today. There are, in addition, a number of extrabiblical fragments, including a fragment of . . .
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New Test. Lesson #15
March 27, 2015

Jesus knew he was the Messiah, and he made it clear to those who listened to him. This bold declaration challenged people. Some accepted him, and others did not. We can know that Jesus is the Christ by studying his word . . .

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Book Review
March 26, 2015

This daily feature is an introduction to a full book review by Sherry Pack Baker. To read the full text of this review, follow the link below.

J. B. Haws received his PhD from the University of Utah and is an assistant professor in the . . .

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Additional Features
On March 30, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith dictated a letter to Edward Partridge, William W. Phelps, and other members of the United Firm, a business Joseph established to oversee the Church’s properties and commercial interests in Ohio and Missouri.


On this day in 1836

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith continued the meetings in the Kirtland Temple, where he and other Church leaders washed the feet of those in attendance and experienced an outpouring of spiritual gifts and revelation.


On this day in 1837

Portage County, Ohio. State v. Auken: A writ of capias ad testificandum (to give evidence) was issued and delivered to Sheriff George Wallace. Attachment was returned May 7, 1837.


On this day in 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois. Nauvoo High Council: A charge against Alonson Brown for theft of Church funds was partially sustained, and Brown was forgiven as he had confessed and repented.


On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spoke to the Relief Society, saying that the Society "should move according to the ancient priesthood."


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Webb v. Rigby: After deciding the case, Joseph Smith fined defense attorney O. C. Skinner for insulting a witness and for contempt of court.


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith prepared a written message for U.S. President John Tyler, requesting permission to enlist 100,000 men to help protect Americans seeking to settle in Oregon and other areas within U.S. territory and to help provide security for the independent republic of Texas.


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith investigated a robbery of the ­Keystone Store.


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LDS FAQ Angle Moroni
How do statements from Joseph Smith's contemporaries confirm the First Vision?

Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

View text of the company journal with an entry for every day of the journey here.

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