Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Standing in the Holy Place: Ancient and Modern Reverberations of an Enigmatic New Testament Prophecy

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
5/28/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
80 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, holy place, JST Matthew, lds, Matthew 24, Mormonism

Abstract: On the Mount of Olives, just prior ot the culminating events of the Passion week, Jesus gave one of the most controversial prophecies of the New Testament, saying, among other things, that the “abomination of desolation” will “stand in the holy place.” In Joseph Smith-Matthew the Prophet renders this passage in a way that radically changes its meaning. The JST version enjoins the apostles to “stand in the holy place” when the “abomination of desolation” appears. This article will show that other passages in the Bible, in connection with the light shed by Jewish midrash and contemporary scholarship, demonstrate that the idea behind Joseph Smith’s revision of the passage, far from being a modern invention, reverberates throughout the religious thought of earlier times. The article concludes with an appendix that tries to draw out a possibility for a specific interpretation of the prophecy about the “abomination of desolation” at the time of Christ and in the latter days.

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