Author Archives: David Larsen

Updated Temple Studies Bibliography with 8500+ Items

If you have not previously seen the incredible Temple Studies Bibliography put together by Dan Bachman at the Utah-based Academy for Temple Studies, you should seriously take a moment to check it out now. The Temple Studies Bibliography is incredibly, unfathomably extensive, with over 8,500 items, including some 460 PhD dissertations — all related to […]

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Another Important New Book by Andrei Orlov, “The Atoning Dyad: The Two Goats of Yom Kippur in the Apocalypse of Abraham”

Prolific author Andrei A. Orlov, Professor of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity at Marquette University, has completed another exciting new book that is to be published by the prestigious biblical studies publisher, Brill, in the near future. (See here for updates on publication status.) I have to say that I am very excited about this […]

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Two Great Scholars Speak to Interpreter Gathering

I had the opportunity to be at a gathering for the Interpreter online journal early in August where scholars Margaret Barker and Stephen Webb addressed the group in a Q&A format. It was an intriguing discussion. Margaret Barker, a Methodist scholar and founder of the Temple Study Group in England, has become a favorite among […]

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Important New Monograph by Andrei A. Orlov, “Divine Scapegoats”

Andrei A. Orlov, Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism (Albany: SUNY, 2015) 352 pages, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5583-9 Divine Scapegoats is a wide-ranging exploration of the parallels between the heavenly and the demonic in early Jewish apocalyptical accounts. In these materials, antagonists often mirror features of angelic figures, and even those of the Deity himself, […]

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Recent Resources, Books and Articles of Interest for Ancient Studies and Scripture 1/12/15

This is my second post (in what may become a regular series) of recent items (with links) I have been made aware of which may be of interest to those who are into Ancient Studies, Biblical Studies, Archaeology, Philosophy and related topics. Bible: “Hermeneutics of Biblical Theology, History of Religion and the Theological Substance of […]

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Harold B. Lee Library Resources for Ancient Studies, Ancient Scripture and Philosophy

The BYU Harold B. Lee Library has some great study guides and links to resources that are very helpful for anyone pursuing Ancient Studies, Ancient Scripture, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, and other related topics.  If you have not seen these online study guides before, you should definitely check them out.  The BYU Library has all kinds […]

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Recent Resources, Books and Articles of Interest for Ancient Studies and Scripture

A list of recent items (with links) I have been made aware of which may be of interest to those who are into Ancient Studies, Biblical Studies, Archaeology and related topics. Bible: Robert Hinckley, Adam, Aaron, and the Garden Sanctuary Yona Sabar, The Book of Daniel in a Neo-Aramaic Translation Clinton Chisholm, “The Bible, Scholars, […]

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Ancient Jewish Traditions Concerning Angels (Draft for Ensign)

I recently posted on Facebook regarding a small contribution that I made to December’s Ensign magazine.  I had been invited a number of months ago to contribute to an article on angels that has now been published in this issue as “Angels We Have Heard.” The section based on information I provided is “Angels in […]

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