Some comments are more polished than others. My comments on Isaiah and some of the other OT Minor Prophets draw on numerous non-LDS sources and are among the more comprehensive. If I live long enough, I plan on finishing the entire thing and getting them all set up as print-ready PDFs, like the comments on the D&C.
Don is quite right about the typical LDS reactions and the general lack of LDS-sourced material on the Bible. It would be a duplication of existing material. The problem is, as others have pointed out above, that you have to pick through a lot of Biblical commentaries to get good stuff. And, while some commentaries are better than others, not all in a particular series are going to be good and worthwhile.
What is boils down to is you have to invest a lot of time reading and picking through things on your own, sorting the wheat from the chaff. There is no easy solution here, but if you spend the time, it will be well worth it and you will be an asset to your GD class. Most decent sized local libraries will have smattering of various Bible commentaries. Go and check some out and peruse them and see which ones have value and which dont. When you find some you like, then pick them up at used book stores and online at abebooks.com and you will end up with an ecclectic collection of references to resort to.]]>
i did run across an extremely interesting non-lds christian guy by the name of brent walters though who purportedly has the world’s largest private collection of early christian literature.
i think he was or is a prof at sjsu or something like that. could probably google it.
it is amazing how close some of the stuff he has come up with lines up with lds thought although in talking to him he categorically rejects any connection to the church, but i get the impression he tends to have a mental block against the idea… very brilliant guy though.]]>
I am full aware of the lack of knowledge and learning among general LDS members and their resistance to any original inspired thought outside church manuals.
I often try to share some insights in our GD class and am sometimes wrongly considered an apostate for my thoughts or insights.
I wish we had an advanced GD class where we could openly share thoughts and insights freely to better uplift and edify one another.
Our current GD teacher is an Elderly Sister that just reads through the manual and does not allow any other thoughts than those displayed in the manual.
I can’t wait for Christ to come and set things in order.
How wonderful it will be then.]]>
There are times I’ve listened to a teacher belabor every little thing to the point I feel like they’re making stuff up.]]>
Ouch, that is sad. I don’t know if it is an audience thing or a publisher thing. You also said you agreed. Why?]]>
I wonder if an online / blog in depth study could be started? I don’t know what format, or how, but just a thought….any ideas?, any interest?]]>
When I teach GD, I often will do a quick overview of the reading assignment but then focus on a much smaller block of text and dig into it verse by verse the way a non-LDS Bible study group would do it. I find that people almost always love this approach.
I think it is great that you attend a Bible study with your son. Good for the both of you.]]>