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Standing ApartMormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy$
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Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199348138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348138.001.0001

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Latter-day Saint Perceptions of Jewish Apostasy in the Time of Jesus

Latter-day Saint Perceptions of Jewish Apostasy in the Time of Jesus

(p.147) 6 Latter-day Saint Perceptions of Jewish Apostasy in the Time of Jesus
Standing Apart

Matthew J. Grey

Oxford University Press

This chapter contrasts the superficial LDS perception of intertestamental Judaism as apostate with the complicated cultural reality of that historical context. It argues that historical narrators should resist borrowing binary generalizations promoted by Victorian “Lives of Jesus” and should craft nuanced narratives that acknowledge cultural complexity and diversity. After reconsidering common LDS assumptions about Jews at the time of Jesus in light of modern scholarship, it suggests ways in which Latter-day Saints can reconceptualize the Jewish world of the New Testament in light of the unique Mormon scriptural tradition.

Keywords:   B. H. Roberts, James E. Talmage, Frederic Farrar, Cunningham Geikie, Alfred Edersheim, New Testament, Josephus, Bruce R. McConkie, Second Temple period Judaism, Victorian “Lives of Jesus”

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