Wednesday, May 23, 2012

When Jesus Had Expounded

Jesus expounds "all the scriptures in one."  This is the opposite of how critical scholarship works.  It focuses on the particular, the micro-level issues and analysis, finding different parties at work in the scriptural record with different themes and agendas.  And that's okay -- Nephi tells us (1 Nephi 13) that the scriptures are edited and mutilated.  But under the editing, there is unifying thought and doctrine, and that's what Christ expounds.

I think the unifying stratum is the temple.  That's what Nephi describes, right between the two principal visions of 1 Nephi, as "one eternal round."

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