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For Zion What Is Hope What Is Zion And What Does It Mean To Hope For Zion In This Insightful Book, Joseph Spencer Explores These Questions Through The Scriptures Of Two Continents Separated By Nearly Two Millennia In The First Half, Spencer Engages In A Rich Study Of Paul S Letter To The Roman To Better Understand How The Apostle Understood Hope And What It Means To Have It In The Second Half Of The Book, Spencer Jumps To The Early Years Of The Restoration And The Various Revelations On Consecration To Understand How Latter Day Saints Are Expected To Strive For Zion Between These Halves Is An Interlude Examining The Hoped For Zion That Both Thrived In The Book Of Mormon And Was Hoped To Be Established Again.

[ Download ] ➸ For Zion  Author Joseph M. Spencer – Justinfoline.us
  • Paperback
  • 188 pages
  • For Zion
  • Joseph M. Spencer
  • English
  • 18 August 2017
  • 9781589585683

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  1. says:

    Years ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a close conversation about Mormon teachings about consecration with Joe Spencer I learned a great deal from those conversations and when, much later, I found the substance of many of those conversations reflected in this book of Joe s, I was intrigued At first, though, I wasn t very impressed on a quick read through For Zion, I thought I saw a lot of echoes of things we d talked about before, a few new insights, and then a lot of speculation which really didn t fit in with the topic at hand namely, consecration and the Zion economy A nice book, was my judgment, but not a very good one Fortunately, however, Joe s book was nominated for an Association of Mormon Letters award which I am one of the judges for, and so I was obliged to go back and read this book again, closely And what I found really impressed me enough for me to feel obliged to eat a little crow.The disconnect which I thought I saw before was between the first half of the book which is a close, sometimes overl...


  2. says:

    In this book Joseph Spencer analyzes the law of consecration through a close and detailed reading of selections from Paul s letter to the Romans and Joseph Smith s revelation now canonized as section 42 of the Doctrine and Covenants The first few chapters especially bear the marks of Spencer s academic training contemporarty French philosophy I struggled through the early chapters to get past some of the jargon and I suspect at least a few other readers will become frustrated with what seem like arcane arguments I think beginners will have to read these early chapters slowly and repeatedly in order to grasp what s going on I know I will That said, perhaps most useful in these early sections is the way Spencer challenges long standing individualist interpretations of Paul s teachings Salvation is a communal endeavor in Paul s world, as in Joseph Smith s, which Spencer outlines using some of the best Pauline scholarship on offer today This book really picks up steam and hits its stride when Spencer turns his attention to Joseph Smith s revelations concerning the law of consecration Spencer closely analyzes changes Smith made to the revelations, grounding his theological readings in the messy historical circumstances that gave rise to them Above all, Spencer is challenging the common LDS perception that the law of consecration has somehow been put on hold, that the law of tithing is a temporary fill in, and that we are simply waiting for some future day when Mor...


  3. says:

    There is no LDS author who does a tighter reading of scripture than Joseph Spencer, and Spencer shows how much can be pulled and utilized in such very few passages of scripture However, than just a fascinating and philosophically rich exegesis of scripture, Spencer reminds me of the hop...


  4. says:

    Spencer s mind is brilliant, and his work here on the theology of hope extends an invitation to participate in a consecrated christian life that is difficult to refuse so don t His readings are sharp, creative, and illuminating Not to be missed.


  5. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book My rating is not due to knowing the author personally and having immense respect for him , and it is in spite of my being an atheist who does not put a lot of stock in the idea of divine inspiration I genuinely think this is an engaging, challenging, insightful book, and like other theological works I really enjoy, it presents ideas and analysis which stimulate the mind, enrich our understanding, and provoke us to action, no matter what worldview we hold, all without sacrificing the particularity of the theological commitments which inform the work Wisdom is most apparent to me when an understanding has universal reach AND particular application, and in this way, I think this book is full of wisdom.I would quibble with a couple of moments, in particular, the attempt to present hope as objectless...


  6. says:

    I really did love this book and wanted to give it five stars The message is a very important one The law of consecration is one that the Saints aren t called on to live in some future day, but covenant to live it right now In fact, as Joe Spencer argues, consecration is our only hope in working for the establishment of Zion I agreed with almost all of his conclusions, and if I had not gotten so bogged down in some of the philosophical discussions in the first half of the book, I would give a five star rating for sure I wish I could give half star ratings because this book is a solid 4.5 stars.This book is not all philosophical theological either I really enjoyed all of the historical content on early Christianity and the development of the sections of the Doctrine and Covenants related to consecration I would recommend this book to anyone with the caveat that those n...


  7. says:

    A lovely, sweet, heartfelt theological work on hope Starting with Paul, moving to Abraham and Sarah, Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith s law of consecration The link to consecration is not obvious, but the link is strong The work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben helps provide the intellectual heft I hadn t heard of him before, but he s on my radar now.At root, Spencer calls on us to live our lives in the world but also on a sacred plane That was Paul s agenda not to flee the world but to consecrate it Joseph Smith s too.Theology I always have to take in doses, but I felt connected with Spencer s agenda I especially loved his storytelling of scriptural authorship Paul trying to legitimate his vision after the Corinthians licentiousness damaged his credibility Or Mormon trying to tell his story through his abridged record Or Joseph Smith establishing and then revising what is now Section 42, in light of real world obsta...


  8. says:

    I found Spencer s first chapters about Pauline hope hard to understand Whether that is the fault of the author of my own, I don t know Spencer spends a lot of time setting up the idea of hope to connect it to the law of consecration Once the book goes through its intermission and makes that transition to focu...


  9. says:

    Joseph Spencer has turned out yet another 5 star work on Mormon scripture This book is gorgeous The writing gets a little thick and overtly philosophical in the first few chapters, but it s worth pushing through to watch Spencer lay out the law of consecration in the second half of the book.This book, besides being informative and intellectually stimulating, was also spiritu...


  10. says:

    Joe Spencer makes me see things in my Mormon religious tradition that were hidden in plain sight No one else I have read can do that quite like him.

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