By Hugh Nibley
Dr. Hugh W. Nibley, professor emeritus of old scriptures at Brigham younger collage, gave the subsequent twenty-six lectures in an honors category at the Pearl of significant cost. This classification was once videotaped within the Maesar development in the course of iciness semester 1986 and the textual content used to be then transcribed and is integrated the following during this e-book.
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It was the worst offense he could possibly have made. " they say. I've heard members of the Church say the same thing. But under their ban it fell into discredit and became lost to the knowledge of western Christendom until over a century ago when Sir James Bruce brought some copies back from his expedition to the sources of the Blue Nile, which he actually discovered. He brought fragments of the Book of Enoch back with some big texts, beautiful ones. And nobody knew anything about it before that.
Because there was no revelation. Why no revelation? Well, let's go back to our I Nephi, the passage we started out with. And Moroni is good on that. Yes, the last book in the Book of Mormon tells us why they were having no more revelation. And don't think they didn't miss it. They just were wild. They did anything they could to get revelation. They used drugs and hypnosis and everything else. There are good accounts of that in Irenaeus and Epiphanius. But right at the end here, he says, "And I would exhort you my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men (Moro.
It has always been changing since. But the main thing was to keep it allegorical so that we would be safe, as Gibbon says, behind the broad veil of allegory. " Because this was the doctrine, you see. God had to be immaterial and had no contact with material at all. This was Neoplatonism, not Platonism. Plato was different. But Neoplatonism was that matter is bad and evil, and spirit is everything that isn't matter. " The bodyless one was God. That was all you could say about him, as Origen says.