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Daniel Peterson
Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, is editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, founder of MormonScholarsTestify.org, chairman of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" and a blogger for Patheos. His views do not necessarily represent those of BYU.

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In a path-breaking 1958 article, Hugh Nibley argued that the lost ancient concept of the temple had reappeared suddenly in America in the early 1800s, something explainable only by revelation. Other scholars ha...
The oldest Christian creedal formula occurs in a letter written by the apostle Paul in the mid-50s AD, but it contains material that derives from roughly two decades earlier. It takes us back to within, at mos...
A passage from a sermon by Joseph Smith is commonly used by his critics to paint him as arrogant and boastful. However, it's very dubious evidence at most, especially because there's a great deal of more firm e...
Careful study of the Book of Mormon's vocabulary and grammar suggests that seeming errors aren't errors at all. In fact, they may provide striking evidence that the book's translation in the 19th century was t...
An accurate understanding of Joseph Smith's many encounters with the law reflects positively, not poorly, upon his character.
Latter-day Saints join wholeheartedly in the central Christian declaration that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life,” and that, ultimately, nobody will come to the Father except through him.
A respected Protestant philosopher, considering the destiny of those who haven't heard the message of Christianity during their mortal lives, reasons his way to a hypothesis that will seem very familiar to read...
Many have compared the trek of the Mormon pioneers to the exodus of ancient Israel, and not without justice. The pioneer migration should be remembered and celebrated, as the ancient one has been.
It's a natural human tendency to seek to walk in our own ways, after the image of our own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world. We need to correct for this tendency by continual reference to scriptu...
The annual FairMormon Conference is the largest regular gathering anywhere devoted to defending the claims of the restored church of Jesus Christ. This year's conference will be in Provo on Aug. 7-8.