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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 the end, of course, evidence has to be cited and arguments made. But sometimes an excellent shorthand response to certain criticisms of Joseph Smith and the Restoration is simply a good laugh.
A curious account published in Hawaii in 1907 is remarkably similar to the near-death experiences chronicled since 1975. What does this mean?
The account of King Benjamin's assembly given in the first chapters of Mosiah seems to imply that the Nephites were celebrating the ancient Hebrew autumn festival of Sukkot or "Tabernacles."
Many critics of the Book of Mormon regularly base their arguments on faulty assumptions and misconceptions. An article published in 1993 could help them and others by eliminating those misconceptions and corre...
Nephi's seeming prediction of the mission of Christopher Columbus is accurate in a remarkable way that has only become apparent to English-speaking non-specialists within the past generation.
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.