When The Lights Went Out: Three Studies On The Ancient Apostasy

When The Lights Went Out Three Studies On The Ancient Apostasy Three of Hugh Nibley s important essays on the fate of the primitive Christian church and its institutions and beliefs are brought together in a reprinting of the book When the Lights Went Out Th

Three of Hugh Nibley s important essays on the fate of the primitive Christian church and its institutions and beliefs are brought together in a reprinting of the 1970 book When the Lights Went Out Three Studies on the Ancient Apostasy The issues that Nibley explores with penetrating insighttraditional Christianity s studied silence regarding evidence for the apostasy, CThree of Hugh Nibley s important essays on the fate of the primitive Christian church and its institutions and beliefs are brought together in a reprinting of the 1970 book When the Lights Went Out Three Studies on the Ancient Apostasy The issues that Nibley explores with penetrating insight traditional Christianity s studied silence regarding evidence for the apostasy, Christ s 40 day postmortal ministry, and the centrality of the temple are as relevant today as they ever were In The Passing of the Primitive Church, Nibley presents forty striking and often neglected facets of church history For example, the apostles did not leave behind written instructions on how the fledgling church should be guided in their absence It is hard to conceive of such a colossal oversight if the founders had actually envisaged a long future for the church, Nibley writes The Forty Day Mission of Christ deals with the historical relevance of Acts 1 3, which claims that after Christ s resurrection, he was seen of them forty days, and spoke of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God Nibley argues that the teaching of the 40 days has not come down to us because, being the last and highest revelation given to the apostles, it was top secret Nibley discusses the implications of the loss of the temple during the fall of Jerusalem in his Christian Envy of the Temple He explains why the loss of the temple was a crippling blow to

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  1. Hugh Winder Nibley was one of Mormonism s most celebrated scholars Nibley is notable for his extensive research and publication on ancient languages and culture, his vigorous defense of doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and for frankly discussing what he saw as the shortcomings of the LDS people and culture.A prolific author and professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, he was fluent in over ten languages, including Classical Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian, Coptic, Arabic, German, French, English, and Spanish languages He also studied Dutch and Russian during World War II.In addition to his efforts as a scholar, Nibley was well known for writings and lectures on LDS scripture and doctrinal topics, many of which were published in LDS Church magazines His book An Approach to the Book of Mormon was used as a lesson manual for the LDS Church in 1957.

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  1. A succinct series of three essays on the ancient apostasy Dense at points not unexpectedly but these essays lay a good scholarly foundation for arguments in support of the apostasy.




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