Journal 37:4 | BYU Studies

Journal 37:4

Volume 37:4 (1997-98)
This issue provides an intriguing medical analysis of the way in which Christ physically died. Supported by scriptural accounts and medical evidence, W. Reid Litchfield offers a couple of viable possibilities. One article displays beautiful photos of Jerusalem and its surroundings, which give a glimpse of what it looked like many years ago. Another article looks at the outdoorsmanship of the...Read more

I Dreamed of Ketching Fish: The Outdoor Life of Wilford Woodruff

Known as both a "mighty fisher" of men and and enthusiastic literal fisherman, President Woodruff melded the spiritual metaphor of fishing with the temporal reality. Read more

The Mormon Battalion and the Gadsden Purchase

The battalion's pioneering trek through uncharted territory left its mark on the U.S.-Mexican border and blazed a trail for the future Southern Pacific Railroad. When looking at a map of the southern boundaries of Arizona and New Mexico, one might wonder about the reasons for the curious jogs and angles. Actually, as is often the case, a knowledge of history can provide significant perspective... Read more

The Holy Land: A Premodern Photo Tour

The photos of the Holy Land presented in this article were mostly taken about 1926. The collection is designed to help readers visualize the Holy Land as it was anciently, before modern developments changed the landscape forever. Twenty-six black-and-white photos show scenes of Bethlehem, Nazareth, Bethany, Jerusalem, and more. Scenes are arranged as a journey through the life of Jesus Christ and... Read more

The Search for the Physical Cause of Jesus Christ's Death

Clues in the Bible describing Jesus's crucifixion have led to theories of the physical cause of his death. The best known theories are that he died of a ruptured heart, asphyxia, cardiovascular collapse, aspiration, fatal syncope, or that he may not have died on the cross at all. In this article, Reid Litchfield examines those proposals and makes his own argument that Jesus died of a cardiac... Read more

Two or Three Witnesses

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Loving God and Mankind: Rites of Passage and the Humanities

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Archaeometry Applied to Olmec Iron-Ore Beads

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Captain Dan Jones and the Blind Man

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Evidence for a New Testament Miracle

Mark 8:22–26 records Jesus' healing of a blind man at Bethsaida. When the villagers brought the man to Jesus, Jesus took him outside the town, spit on the man's eyes, laid his hands on him, and asked him if he could see anything. The man answered, "I see men as trees, walking." Jesus then put his hands on the man's eyes again and made him look up, and with that the man could see clearly and... Read more

states of grace

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Sage Junction

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Domestic Violence

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Feasting on the Word: The Literary Testimony of the Book of Mormon

Feasting on the Word is both a heartfelt and a thoughtful book, as clearly reasoned as it is faithful. That wedding of the rational and the religious works well for a volume which argues that the literary dimensions of the Book of Mormon contribute deliberately and dramatically to its religious impact. Author Dil Rusts explicit purpose is to "set forth a literary testimony of the Book of Mormon... Read more

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy

For those who take interest in how Mormonism is portrayed in the public media, Viper on the Hearth is a stimulating read. On one level, it is perhaps the most detailed and sophisticated study to date of patterns of representation in nineteenth-century anti-Mormonism moving beyond a mere recitation of the already well-documented "proclivity to depict the Mormons as a violent and peculiar people."... Read more

Symbols in Stone: Symbolism on the Early Temples of the Restoration

Symbolism is the language of the temple it is a rich and expressive language designed both to instruct and to bind into one the Saints of all gospel dispensations and all cultures. It is the universal language of faith. Symbols enable us to speak with an eloquence not found in words. In like manner, our temples are "symbols in stone," built to lift our eyes to heaven even as they lift our spirits... Read more

Images of Ancient America: Visualizing Book of Mormon Life

John Sorenson's new book is a welcome addition to the field of Book of Mormon studies. It is the first serious attempt by a noted scholar trained in the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica to describe the lifeways of the indigenous inhabitants of that region as they may relate to the artistic, social, and literary heritage of peoples described in New World scripture. Each chapter presents a... Read more

Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths and Jerusalem: The Eternal City

KAREN ARMSTRONG. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. DAVID B. GALBRAITH, D. KELLY OGDEN, ANDREW C. SKINNER. Jerusalem: The Eternal City. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1996. Two summary histories of Jerusalem, the Holy City, both written in 1996 on the eve of the three-thousandth anniversary of David's establishment of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, could scarcely... Read more

Book of Mormon Authors: Their Words and Messages

The statistical study of Book of Mormon texts is a well-traveled road in Book of Mormon scholarship. However, in Book of Mormon Authors, Roger Keller shows that there is still valuable work to be done. Keller acknowledges a great debt to previous statistical studies. The most famous of these is Wayne A. Larsen and Alvin C. Rencher's "Who Wrote the Book of Mormon? An Analysis of Wordprints,"... Read more

Prophet of the Jubilee

In July 1846 in Rhydybont, Carmarthenshire, Wales, Dan Jones published the first issue of a monthly LDS periodical in the Welsh language on a press owned by John Jones, Dan's brother, who was an ordained Congregational minister. The periodical, Prophwyd y Jubili (Prophet of the Jubilee) ran monthly thereafter through December 1848. Jones's great-great-grandson Ronald Dennis has presented what he... Read more

Voices of Old Testament Prophets: The 26th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium

The 26th Annual Sperry Symposium centered on various Old Testament prophets, especially the little-known figures and obscure events in their lives. Interesting details and analyses are included, often for the first time in LDS circles—for example, on the mentoring of Jethro, the rebellion of Korah, the stability of the prophets in the Exile, the saviors referred to by Obadiah, the hopeful stories... Read more

The Rhetoric of David O. McKay

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints experienced exceptional worldwide growth and public recognition during the presidency of David O. McKay. This book, by an assistant professor at Wichita State University, is a study of President McKay's rhetorical appeal to both members and nonmembers and a look at the role he played in creating a positive public image of the Church. The author... Read more

Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah

Mormon Sisters is a new edition of a book first published in 1976 by Emmeline Press Limited in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When the original work was published, it was considered to be a "pioneering" study of early Mormon history because prior to that time much of the focus of history had been on the male leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book brought to the foreground... Read more

Volume 37 Index

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