1. I am excited for Matthew Brown’s recent FAIR presentation to be transcribed and made available. This topic is fascinating.

  2. Matthew Brown graciously emailed me a copy of his unedited FAIR presentation, slides and all. I may ask him if I can share some of the things I found to be most interesting, among the many, from it. He plans on eventually publishing it all in a book. But it will probably take FAIR quite a while to get all the presentations posted online.

  3. kevin Christensen

    Nice work on this, bringing together more interesting bits of information.

    Kevin Christensen

  4. Particle Man

    As Joseph Smith said, “It will be as it ever has been, the world will prove Joseph Smith a true prophet by circumstantial evidence, in experiments, as they did Moses and Elijah.” And because of the block of quotes from Revelation above, elsewhere Joseph said that Revelation was supposed to be the easiest book of scripture to understand; and as has been pointed out, its imagery is rooted in the temple.

    Stating the obvious here, but insights such as these are as if evidence from experiments that tease out dusty voices of the ancients, lending support to the Restoration. All of this type of scholarship helps corroborate Joseph Smith’s divine calling, which, I think it was Gordon B. Hinckley who said such evidence may provide an atmosphere where faith may flourish.

  5. Speaking of Revelation imagery being rooted in the temple, you should check out the notes I took on Matthew Brown’s presentation at the FAIR Conference a few days ago, or Life On Gold Plates’ notes. It was almost entirely about temple imagery in the book of Revelation. I have a copy of the talk that I’ve been able to read through again, and it is great.

    It’s amazing what’s hiding in our scriptures. I found some about the temple that are particularly interesting in the book of Job that I will be sharing soon.

  6. […] The “mark” of anointing. A nice little bit of discussion of the notion of a mark (often a tau) given as a sign of anointing. I should note that there’s actually a ton of data on this and the tau symbol in early Christianity isn’t as widely appreciated as it should be. Ditto with the gamma and lamda. (My business partner has binders full of photos and stuff on this – much of his research composed the basis of Stephen Rick’s essay related to the topic from the early 90’s) Now I do think caution is in order – especially too much appeal to Margaret Barker. But it’s a very interesting topic. […]

  7. Yes this is great work you are doing here. VERY stimulating. As always. It’s just a fascinating age we live in where more, and more, and MORE keeps piling on. If we have the tenacity and ability, we shall see it also.

  8. Here is a good scripture:

    Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord. (Lev. 21:12)

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