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  1. I am not completely unaware of the debate, but I am only familiar with some of the basics of the controversy. Most of the negative critique I have read of Hocking & Meldrum's Annotated BOM seem to be objecting to exactly what you're describing: an attempt to argue in favor of a position, while playing fast and loose with archaeology and history. As a non-member, I find the argument interesting, but I don't think it has any bearing on my reading of the BOM.
  2. A couple months ago, @Robert F. Smith brought to my attention an annotated edition of The Book of Mormon, edited by David Hocking and Rodney Meldrum: https://deseretbook.com/p/annotated-edition-of-the-book-of-mormon?variant_id=172007-hardcover He also shared a rather in-depth review (really more of a critique) of the work: https://interpreterfoundation.org/blog-a-review-of-the-annotated-edition-of-the-book-of-mormon-part-1/ I just happened on a somewhat more concise critique of the edition here: https://bookofmormoncentral.org/sites/default/files/documents/Blog entry/2019/Executive-Summary-Master Legally Revised.pdf Meanwhile, I was wondering if anyone else on this forum (besides Robert) had any experience with, or thoughts about, this annotated edition. It seems a bit pricey to me, so I don't suppose I'll acquire a copy unless I see one cheaper somewhere.
  3. New profile pic! It's the real me, instead of the cartoon me.

  4. Wow, just found out about this, as I hadn't checked in on this forum for a little while. Sad to hear. I enjoyed many of Clark's posts, even though I'm a fairly new member here. Praying for his family...
  5. Don't know why that last post double posted, but anyways... Here's a screen cap of the Gospel Library app (Windows version). You can see that it gives you the ability to filter search results.
  6. The search feature on the Gospel Library app (produced by the Church) seems to work pretty well. Available on Windows Store and Google Play Store (and, I imagine, the Apple Store, but I'm not an Apple user).
  7. The search feature on the Gospel Library app (produced by the Church) seems to work pretty well. Available on Windows Store and Google Play Store (and, I imagine, the Apple Store, but I'm not an Apple user).
  8. This morning I discovered this article about the Old Testament canon, written from the perspective of the Stone-Campbell restorationist movement. This movement arose alongside the early Latter-day Saint movement, so I thought it might be interesting to some folks on this forum. There seems to be a fairly wide spectrum of understanding among Latter-day Saints and other Christian sects, regarding canonicity. Even though the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the King James Bible, I find it interesting that the LDS edition of the KJV has a note on The Song of Solomon, that the Joseph Smith Translation did not recognize that book as "inspired writings." So I would be interested to hear thoughts on the article I've shared.
  9. Sorry I've been away from this forum for awhile. Things have been crazy hectic over the past few weeks! I will try to check in again soon.

  10. I guess textual criticism of the Book of Mormon is a bit different from textual criticism of biblical manuscripts, because it is mostly based on analysis of printed editions. (The only two manuscripts are the Original manuscript, which is only 28% extant, and the Printer's manuscript, which I understand is mostly complete.) However, even in the case of biblical textual criticism, there are no autographs. So I don't think the unavailability of the golden plates negates textual criticism of the Book of Mormon.
  11. This "paper" (it's actually more like a bunch of material from the internet, all thrown together) popped up on my Academia.edu feed: https://www.academia.edu/34054821/HOW_WE_GOT_THE_BIBLE_Overview_of_Aspects_of_the_Scripture_Transmission_Process Some of the information in the document is good, some of it is highly flawed. But as I was glossing through it, I was interested to see (starting at p. 141) that there was a section about textual criticism in religious documents in general, including: the Qur'an, the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, the Talmud, and The Book of Mormon. As most of the material in the document seems to be from a fairly conservative evangelical point of view, it was surprising to see The Book of Mormon and the Qur'an included. And the material on textual criticism in the context of those works, although not incredibly detailed, is not presented polemically. In other words, there is no attempt in the document to discredit either religious tradition. Also, I smiled when I read @Robert F. Smith's name on p. 142... BTW, in case you don't feel like wading through the entire document, I've copied the text about The Book of Mormon in a reply to this post.
  12. This video about the creation of Thomas Nelson/Zondervan's Comfort Print typeface is pretty interesting as well:
  13. While Googling "bible typefaces," I stumbled on this fascinating site: https://www.2kdenmark.com/
  14. I agree. 15 questions to cover most of the world's major religions? Since it's from Pew Research, I don't think it's clickbait, like many of those quizzes that pop up in my Facebook news feed, saying "91% of Christians can't score above 50% on this quiz." (Quite often the first multiple choice question on such quizzes is something like, "Who, according to the Bible, is the Son of God?") But the Pew quiz isn't a whole lot better than some of those clickbait quizzes.
  15. @The Nehor, that quite literally made me LOL. Thanks for brightening my day with that cartoon.
  16. Probably like EVERYTHING looks in Wingdings! A bunch of random symbols... Just waiting to see someone format the entire Bible (or Book of Mormon) in Papyrus font. Surely that would be a harbinger of the end of days...
  17. I just took the quiz, and got 15/15. I thought it was pretty simple. I am a Methodist, who was raised Lutheran, so I guess that aligns me with the "mainline Protestant" group.
  18. Haven't checked in much recently, as it's been a CRAZY week! 

  19. 50 years old today! Here's to my first half century!


  20. Tomorrow is my 50th birthday...where did all the time go?  🎂

  21. Hm, I can't really picture that text in that kind of font...It would look interesting, I suppose!
  22. I saw one brief discussion online, where someon suggested that Baskerville might be a better match to the font in the LDS Scriptures. I compared my 1979 LDS King James Bible to the font on MS Word entitled "Baskerville Old Face," and it's a fairly close match to my (untrained) eye. But I don't think it's exactly a match. I imagine the typeface may be proprietary.
  23. In this video about the design of the LDS edition of the King James Bible, there is an interesting section (just after the 36 minute mark) about the printing process: it mentions a Monotype process, but doesn't discuss the actual typeface. Still, pretty fascinating stuff.
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