Chiasmus Jubilee: Celebrating Fifty Years of Gospel Scholarship, Aug. 16, 2017
BYU Studies Staff
On Wednesday, August 16, 1967, in a missionary apartment in Regensburg, Germany, John W. Welch identified the ancient poetic form chiasmus in the Book of Mormon, and LDS scriptural scholarship changed forever. You are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 7 pm in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium on BYU campus to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this remarkable discovery and the scholarly flowering that ensued. Join BYU President Kevin J. Worthen, Dr. Welch, and other guests for an unforgettable evening of music, art, entertainment and inspiration. An academic conference open to the public titled "Writers, Readers, and Chiasmus" will bring visiting scholars to the Harold B. Lee Library Theater beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This event is sponsored by the Harold B. Lee Library, BYU Studies, Book of Mormon Central, Interpreter Foundation, and the John A. Widtsoe Foundation.
“If God were always visible, humans could not exist at all. “No one can see Me and live,” says God. “If we continue to hear the voice of God, we will die,” say the Israelites at Sinai. But if God is always invisible, hidden, imperceptible, then what difference does His existence make? It will always be as if He were not there. The answer to this dilemma is holiness. Holiness represents those points in space and time where God becomes vivid, tangible, a felt presence. Holiness is a break in the self-sufficiency of the material world, where infinity enters space and eternity enters time. In relation to time, it is Shabbat. In relation to space, it is the Tabernacle. These, in the Torah, are the epicentres of the sacred. We can now understand what makes them holy. Shabbat is the time when humans cease, for a day, to be creators and become conscious of themselves as creations. The Tabernacle is the space in which humans cease to be masters – “fill the earth and subdue it” – and become servants. Just as God had to practise self-restraint to make space for the finite, so human beings have to practise self-restraint to make space for the infinite. The holy, in short, is where human beings renounce their independence and self-sufficiency, the very things that are the mark of their humanity, and for a moment acknowledge their utter dependence on He who spoke and brought the universe into being. The universe is the space God makes for man. The holy is the space man makes for God. The secular is the emptiness created by God to be filled by a finite universe. The holy is the emptiness in time and space vacated by humans so that it can be filled by the infinite presence of God.”
Hi: my oldest grandson is collecting items for the Food and Care Coalition in Provo for part of his Eagle Project (yes, the next generation of Eagle projects have begun!).
The Coalition helps the poor, the homeless, the lost. If you have a few extra dollars (even $5 helps) and want to support this, click on the link below for an easy way to support them.
" Hello! I'm doing an Eagle Project on behalf of the people supported by the Food and Care Coalition in Utah--we need sleeping bags, blankets, winter gloves, etc,. Click here for a list: https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items… Just buy and item on the list, and if you live near us in Utah, call us up at (385) 269-0516 and we'll pick it up for you. If you're further away just send it to a store near 84042 or have it sent directly to us at 43W 450N Lindon. Thanks! Aidan Stay"
4 years ago I traveled for 3 weeks in Israel. It was life-changing. It connected me to Jesus in unexpected ways and tender moments. Traveling there helped me to understand both the Old and New Testaments much better. Stephen and Gayle Halversen were our guides. I highly recommend them if you are interested in an INTENSIVE study experience in Israel. They lived in Israel twice and worked with the students at the BYU Jerusalem Center. They are now offering their services through a new (to them and to me) organization who will coordinate the travel. If you are interested in reading more, email me at email@example.com and I will forward to you these three documents (they are pdfs and cannot be loaded to this blog.)
A copy of the Itinerary planned for the first Intensive Explorations of the Holy Land offered by EquityLife Institute in the Galilee
The application for this program with instructions for reservations
I also included a brief bio on the faculty for this program (Stephen and Gayle, with their extensive travel and teaching are some of the best we could have chosen to direct and instruct on this program to explore the Holy Land).
The application may be downloaded, filled out, copied or scanned, and sent back to firstname.lastname@example.org via email. We will process it and prepare the materials for your intensive explorations of the Holy Land to begin August 28. Before that time orientation materials and instructions will be sent to you.
Here is a little information about the EquityLife Institute in Galilee Foundation:
The EquityLife Institute in Galilee is part of the EquityServe Foundation which are non-profit educational 501(c)(3) charitable corporations established to provide educational opportunities for individuals and families of all ages. The EquityLife Institute in Galilee also was established this last January to offer individuals throughout the world opportunities to build an understanding of the principles of equity through intensive “on-site” study programs and, working with other Equity programs, provide educational and humanitarian offerings for the peoples of the Near East. More specifically, through academic and cultural experiences, the Institute is to provide:
Curricula designed to enhance an understanding of their own religious and cultural heritage while gaining a knowledge of the peoples, places, and organizations indigenous to the region;
The development of scholarship in all areas of Near Eastern studies, reinforced by unique opportunities of residence and travel in the various lands of the region;
A cultural experience through personal contact and interaction with the peoples of the Near East, their way of life, their hopes, their ambitions and aspirations;
Initiate service opportunities for students to discover the value of true charity; and,
Provide community and educational programs that will enhance and improve the lives of the peoples in the region of the Near East.
Among the EquityLife Institute in Galilee programs offered in the 2017-2018 year are the following:
SUMMER TERM – The first year of operations is 2018 with two Summer Terms offered – Summer Term 1 and Summer Term 2. These nine-week university accredited student programs provide an intensive study experience and adventure in the Near East. Nine credit hours that include Religious Studies (Old & New Testament, and comparative religions), ancient and contemporary Near Eastern Studies (geography, archaeology, history, and political science,) are required of each participant. Extensive field study travel in Israel, the Palestinian Authority Territories, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and engaging with the local cultures is a hallmark of this program
The Program you have chosen:
INTENSIVE EXPLORATIONS IN THE HOLY LAND – Students and non-students of all ages are offered a 21-day educational and intensive educational travel program that is not a typical tour of the Holy Land; but, following the many field study trips on the summer term programs, participants will have an in-depth experience studying the manners, customs, and peoples of the Holy Land through on-site learning adventures. Optional travel experiences to Jordan and Egypt are offered as wells as three university level credit hours are available to participants.
TRANS-CULTURAL HUMANITARIAN AND HOLISTIC NURSING INTERNSHIP – This program offers nurses and health professionals an opportunity to provide relief and life-saving humanitarian work while meeting the ANA and AHNA continuing education certification requirements in trans-cultural nursing and other core four-year BSN graduation requirements.
HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS IN THE HOLY LAND – Individuals of all ages have the opportunity to provide humanitarian relief and development projects for the many refugees, orphans, youth, and elderly in the Holy Land (Israel and the Palestinian Authority Territories). Optional travel experiences to Jordan and Egypt are offered as wells as three university level credit hours are available to participants.
We are excite for you as you have chosen a very unique opportunity (only one in the world with this offering) to study and explore the lands of the scriptures
A resource to help individuals and families use the scriptures, traditional customs, art, and music to enrich their celebration of the holidays, focusing them more on the Lord Jesus Christ and his gospel.
Eric Huntsman has a blog up which is a resource to help enrich your celebration of the Holy days.
You can read another essay he wrote on "A God Who Remembers" here.
A Prayer for the Days of
By Elie Wiesel
Published: October 2, 1997 New York Times
BOSTON— Master of the Universe, let
us make up. It is time. How long can we go on being angry?
50 years have passed since the nightmare was lifted. Many things, good and less
good, have since happened to those who survived it. They learned to build on
ruins. Family life was re-created. Children were born, friendships struck. They
learned to have faith in their surroundings, even in their fellow men and
women. Gratitude has replaced bitterness in their hearts. No one is as capable
of thankfulness as they are. Thankful to anyone willing to hear their tales and
become their ally in the battle against apathy and forgetfulness. For them
every moment is grace.
do not forgive the killers and their accomplices, nor should they. Nor should
you, Master of the Universe. But they no longer look at every passer-by with
suspicion. Nor do they see a dagger in every hand.
mean that the wounds in their soul have healed? They will never heal. As long
as a spark of the flames of Auschwitz and Treblinka glows in their memory, so
long will my joy be incomplete.
Wiesel is on the far right of the top bunk in this photograph of the Buchenwald barracks taken just after the liberation of the camp in April, 1945.
Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers
about my faith in you, Master of the Universe?
realize I never lost it, not even over there, during the darkest hours of my
life. I don't know why I kept on whispering my daily prayers, and those one
reserves for the Sabbath, and for the holidays, but I did recite them, often
with my father and, on Rosh ha-Shanah eve, with hundreds of inmates at
Auschwitz. Was it because the prayers remained a link to the vanished world of
faith was no longer pure. How could it be? It was filled with anguish rather
than fervor, with perplexity more than piety. In the kingdom of eternal night,
on the Days of Awe, which are the Days of Judgment, my traditional prayers were
directed to you as well as against you, Master of the Universe. What hurt me
more: your absence or your silence?
testimony I have written harsh words, burning words about your role in our
tragedy. I would not repeat them today. But I felt them then. I felt them in
every cell of my being. Why did you allow if not enable the killer day after
day, night after night to torment, kill and annihilate tens of thousands of Jewish
children? Why were they abandoned by your Creation? These thoughts were in no
way destined to diminish the guilt of the guilty. Their established culpability
is irrelevant to my ''problem'' with you, Master of the Universe. In my
childhood I did not expect much from human beings. But I expected everything
were you, God of kindness, in Auschwitz? What was going on in heaven, at the
celestial tribunal, while your children were marked for humiliation, isolation
and death only because they were Jewish?
questions have been haunting me for more than five decades. You have vocal
defenders, you know. Many theological answers were given me, such as: ''God is
God. He alone knows what He is doing. One has no right to question Him or His
ways.'' Or: ''Auschwitz was a punishment for European Jewry's sins of
assimilation and/or Zionism.'' And: ''Isn't Israel the solution? Without
Auschwitz, there would have been no Israel.''
all these answers. Auschwitz must and will forever remain a question mark only:
it can be conceived neither with God nor without God. At one point, I began
wondering whether I was not unfair with you. After all, Auschwitz was not
something that came down ready-made from heaven. It was conceived by men,
implemented by men, staffed by men. And their aim was to destroy not only us
but you as well. Ought we not to think of your pain, too? Watching your
children suffer at the hands of your other children, haven't you also suffered?
Jews now enter the High Holidays again, preparing ourselves to pray for a year
of peace and happiness for our people and all people, let us make up, Master of
the Universe. In spite of everything that happened? Yes, in spite. Let us make
up: for the child in me, it is unbearable to be divorced from you so long.
Wiesel, a professor in the humanities at Boston University, was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.