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  1. In Australia there is always a large difference between those who profess to be Latter Day Saints in the census and the numbers the church claims to have. " Australia census has reported increases in Latter-day Saint membership from 35,500 in 1986 to 45,200 in 1996, and 53,100 in 2006.[15] LDS Church figures for membership were reported at approximately 60,000 in 1986, 87,000 in 1996, and 116,925 in 2006. The percentage of members on LDS Church records that self-identified on the Australian census declined from 59% in 1986 to 52% in 1996 and 45% in 2006. In 2009, one in 170 was nominally LDS. http://cumorah.com Australians prefer their footy and beach on a Sunday. Only growth are the Pentecostals and Moslems.
  2. I am hoping to get a copy of the script of Dan's interview this week. Dan said a lot of interesting things. I look forward to his second volume bio of Joseph Smith etc.
  3. I dare you Robert Smith get out of your comfort zone here and engage his arguments in the comments section of the video. I got a feeling you might get some comment from Brian Hauglid. The scribes did not do it so you are left with the catalyst theory.
  4. Dan Vogel in his latest videos with Gospel Tangents has demolished Gee's arguments about the missing BOA scroll.
  5. Israel Finkelstein and Peter Enns convinced me that there was no exodus and conquest. As well as William Dever.
  6. It seems Luther translated 1 Cor 6:9 differently to that of the modern versions The Catholic version (NRSV) uses sodamites. Luther used knabenschander Knaben is boy, schander is molester. "It turns out that the ancient world condoned and encouraged a system whereby young boys (8-12 years old) were coupled by older men. Ancient Greek documents show us how even parents utilized this abusive system to help their sons advance in society. So for most of history, most translations thought these verses were obviously referring the pederasty, not homosexuality! " https://www.forgeonline.org/blog/2019/3/8/what-about-romans-124-27?fbclid=IwAR2G6gSjhGuucqePGkJ0X0gljVZc36AqhqhDeFV31GHWIFDikgxtFtsuzIk Another paper disputing the translation in this verse is https://www.academia.edu/2507704/_An_Argument_Against_the_Use_of_the_Word_Homosexual_In_English_Translations_of_the_Bible_The_Heythrop_Journal_51_no._5_2010_723-729 Why use word sodomites? Ezekiel 16 49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. Anything in that passage link the sin of Sodom as homsexuality?
  7. "The comprehensive conquest saga in the Book of Joshua is a fictive literary composition aimed at presenting the occupation of the entire Land of Israel, initiated and guided by the Lord a nd carried out by the twelve tribes under Joshua. Military events that took place in the course of the later history of Israel were used by the author as models for his narratives. These military episodes were entirely adapted to the new environment so that in no case can we trace a direct.literary relationship between the original story/tradition and its literary reflection. When were the conquest narratives of the Book of Joshua composed? The unified character of the text, in which J oshua and the twelve tribes play the major role, points to a relatively late da te. I have suggested above that Sennacherib's campaign to Judah in 70 I BCE possibly served as a model for the description of Joshua's campaign to the Shephelah and the hill country of Juda h (Jos 10:28-39), and that the mentions of hanging on O'llll (Jos 8:29; 10:26) possibly reflect the Assyria n way of punishing rebel leaders by impalement on posts. The composition of the conquest saga is certainly no earlier than the seventh century BCE.243 One cannot rule out the possibility that isolated episodes, in particular r the short anecdotes and notes, had been written sometime before the penning of the unified literary work. But the main block of material was composed at a late date as part of the Deuteronomistic history of Israel. Thus, hundreds of years separate the historical work from the time to which it is attributed . This enormous gap explain ins the minor contribution of the conquest stories to the early history of Israel https://www.academia.edu/13459417/The_Conquest_of_Canaan_in_the_Book_of_Joshua_and_in_History_in_I._Finkelstein_and_N._Na_aman_eds._From_Nomadism_to_Monarchy._Archaeological_and_Historical_Aspects_of_Early_Israel_Jerusalem_1994_pp._218-281
  8. So you dismiss the work of Israel Finkelstein and William Dever?
  9. On the other board there were over 712 responses and over 19000 views (many were guests)on this paper. I came away from this debate better informed. I was pleased that the same contributors on MD debated with the Dales on the Interpreter blog and stuck to the debate with little acrimony unlike that occurring on a certain blog.
  10. Is "Shulem "represented by the characters above his hand? I understand the names can be read and match the Egyptian characters for Isis etc. Why is the Prince holding his hand? Again the Princes' name is supposed to be above his hand?
  11. Why do you block critics on this matter. ? Oh well in this matter you have a lot at stake.
  12. I think that the "slave"" and the "Prince" are holding the "waiter" because he was upset because "Abraham" complained about the service.
  13. It seems a philosopher who accepts the Book of Mormon as authentic but does not accept the Dale's apologetic argument. http://www.ldsphilosopher.com/a-response-to-the-bayesian-analysis-of-book-of-mormon-historicity/?fbclid=IwAR2RrC1UrdVDoQ66Qt7veVcStQ99hxh3io4v_fyI68ZPdIhb27G5aj2lyp4
  14. What amazed me about the discussion was I saw some really smart people on stats from both sides, the guys who came over from Mormondiscussons and had reasonable discussions on the Dales paper. Brant Gardiner seems to have managed both sides.
  15. Israel Finkelstein in The Bible Unearthed calls it The Failed Search for the Historical Abraham. p.33.
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