The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History by Jedediah S. Rogers

By Jedediah S. Rogers

Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had either millennial and temporal aspirations for the organization he known as the Council of 50, named after the number of males who have been meant to include it. geared up a few months earlier than Smith’s dying in June 1844, it continued under Brigham younger as a mystery shadow government until 1851. mins from the earliest conferences are closed to researchers yet modern bills speak of a deliberative physique getting ready for Christ’s imminent reign. It additionally helped to sponsor Smith’s U.S. presidential bid and oversaw the exodus to present-day Utah.

One member downplayed the importance of this secret legislative physique in 1849 as “nothing yet a debating School.” to the contrary, a regular assembly included decisions concerning irrigation, fencing, and adobe housing, after which the gang sang a tune written by way of Parley P. Pratt: “Come ye sons of doubt and beauty; Indian, Moslem, Greek or Jew; … Be to all a pal and brother; Peace in the world, strong will to men.” weeks later, the council referred to as for “blood to circulation” to implement its laws.

As the 19th century waned and the LDS Church moved towards the yank mainstream, ending its emphasis at the approaching finish of Days, there was now not a necessity for a Church-managed municipal group destined to turn into the millennial international government. The council turned inappropriate yet survives today as a old artifact to be had in fragmented documentary pieces that are offered the following for the 1st time. 

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The Enlargement of the Heart: "Be ye also enlarged" by Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou, Christopher Veniamin

By Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou, Christopher Veniamin

This is often the second one American version of The growth of the center, now released with necessary indexes (of Scriptural References and of Names and Subjects). Already considered as a vintage, The expansion of the guts contains a chain of exceptional shows at the nature and function of human life in Saint Silouan the Athonite (1866-1938) and Elder Sophrony of Essex (1896-1993), and an Appendix made out of lectures on Monasticism. brought in Wichita, Kansas, on the 2001 Clergy Brotherhood Retreat of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, each one lecture is released the following in complete including its Asides and corresponding Questions & solutions.

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Denial and Repression of Antisemitism: Post-communist by Jovan Byford Dr

By Jovan Byford Dr

This booklet examines the rehabilitation during the last 20 years of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic (1881-1956), the debatable Serbian Orthodox Christian thinker, written fifty years after his dying. Having been vilified by means of the previous Yugoslav Communist experts as a traitor, antisemite and a fascist, Velimirovic has become seemed in Serbian society as a saintly determine and crucial non secular individual considering medieval occasions. Byford charts the posthumous passage of Velimirovic from 'traitor' to 'saint' and examines the complementary dynamics of repression and denial that have been used to divert public cognizance from the controversies surrounding his life.The booklet offers the 1st special exam of ways within which an japanese Orthodox Church manages controversy surrounding the presence of anti-Semitism inside of its ranks and considers the results of the ongoing reverence of Nikolaj Velimirovic for the patience of antisemitism in Serbian Orthodox tradition and Serbian society as a complete. The learn is predicated on an in depth exam of the altering representations of Velimirovic within the Serbian media and in commemorative discourse, in addition to interviews with a couple of famous public figures who've been actively fascinated by the bishop's rehabilitation over the last twenty years.

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Mormon Battalion by Norma Ricketts

By Norma Ricketts

Few occasions within the historical past of the yank some distance West from 1846 to 1849 didn't contain the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated within the usa conquest of California and within the discovery of gold, opened 4 significant wagon trails, and carried the scoop of gold east to an keen American public. but, the battalion is little identified past Mormon historical past. this primary entire background of the wide-ranging military unit restores it to its critical position in Western heritage, and gives descendants a whole roster of the Battalion's participants.

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Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, by Judith Deutsch Kornblatt

By Judith Deutsch Kornblatt

    Doubly selected offers the 1st exact learn of a different cultural and spiritual phenomenon in post-Stalinist Russia—the conversion of millions of Russian Jewish intellectuals to Orthodox Christianity, first within the Sixties and later within the Eighties. those time classes correspond to the many years prior to and after the good exodus of Jews from the Soviet Union. Judith Deutsch Kornblatt contends that the alternative of baptism into the Church used to be an act of ethical braveness within the face of Soviet persecution, encouraged through unity with the values espoused through Russian Christian dissidents and intellectuals. Oddly, as Kornblatt exhibits, those converts to Russian Orthodoxy started to adventure their Jewishness in a brand new and optimistic way.    Working essentially from oral interviews performed in Russia, Israel, and the U.S., Kornblatt underscores the stipulations of Soviet lifestyles that spurred those conversions: the digital removing of Judaism as a potential, extensively practiced faith; the transformation of Jews from a spiritual group to an ethnic one; a eager for religious values; the position of the Russian Orthodox Church as a logo of Russian nationwide tradition; and the forging of a brand new Jewish identification in the context of the Soviet dissident circulate.

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The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 6: An Approach to by Hugh Nibley

By Hugh Nibley

Readers of An method of the publication of Mormon, the 6th quantity within the gathered Works of Hugh Nibley, will locate erudite and infrequently unforeseen insights into this e-book of scripture - as evidenced by means of this excerpt from the preface to the 1964 variation. (p.xii-xiii)

When in 1946 this author composed a bit treatise known as Lehi within the desolate tract from constrained fabrics then to be had in Utah, he had by no means knowingly set eyes on a true Arab. in the final 5 years Aneze tribesmen and electorate of Mecca, together with even publications to the Holy areas, were his scholars, in Provo, of all locations, whereas Utah has unexpectedly been enriched with a powerful Arabic library, due to the encouraged efforts of Professor Aziz Atiya of the collage of Utah. as though it weren't adequate for the mountain to return to Mohammed, these sons of the wilderness who got here to Provo stumbled on themselves taking a required classification within the publication of Mormon from the compiler of this handbook. certainly he used to be greater than curious to work out how those younger males may react to the ebook of Mormon therapy of wasteland issues, and invited or even required them to record frankly on their impressions. thus far, with just one exception, no fault has been came upon with Nephi on technical grounds. the single exception merits the eye of all would-be critics of the booklet of Mormon.

It was once within the top quality ever held in "Book of Mormon for close to jap Students," and the semester had slightly all started whilst after all we ran smack into the tale of the way Nephi discovered Laban useless under the influence of alcohol in a depressing alley and bring to an end his head - a grisly story that upsets Nephi himself in telling it. As we rehearsed the somber episode, i'll discover noticeable indicators of annoyance one of the Arab scholars - whispered comments, head-shakings, and frowns of dissent. ultimately, towards the tip of the hour, a wise younger guy from Jordan might carry out now not. "Mr. Nibley," he stated, it appears that evidently conversing for the others, "there is something flawed right here. It does not sound correct. Why did this Nephi wait see you later to chop off Laban's head?" considering the fact that I were anticipating the regimen protests of outrage and disgust with which Western critics react to the Laban tale, i used to be shocked via this shock assault - surprised with a brand new perception into the e-book of Mormon as a message from one other age and one other culture.

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