Introduction to the Old Testament
By Nancy Baird
“No race has maintained over so long a period so emotional an attachment to a particular corner of the earth’s surface.” – Interpreter’s Bible
“The revelations given to Joseph Smith bear record that the biblical story is essentially correct although not complete.” -Robert Matthews, “Modern Revelation: Windows to the Old Testament,” Ensign, Oct. ’73, 21.
“Our eternal Father…never intended that you should be less than the crowning act of creation.” President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1995, 98.
From Joseph Smith we know that the word ‘create’ in Genesis “does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to organize…God had materials to organize the world out of…chaotic matter, which is element, and in which dwells all the glory. Element…can never be destroyed; they may be organized and re-organized, but not destroyed. They had no beginning, and can have no end.” -Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 351, 352.
“One bad winter in the Arctic, and not too long ago, an Algonquin woman and her baby were left alone after everyone else in their winter camp had starved. Ernest Thompson Seton tells it. The woman walked from the camp where everyone had died, and found at a lake…one small fishhook. It was simple to rig a line, but she had no bait, and no hope of bait. The baby cried. She took a knife and cut a strip from her own thigh. She fished with the worm of her own flesh and caught a fish; she fed the child and herself. Of course she saved the fish gut for bait.She lived alone at the lake, on fish, until spring, when she walked out again and found people.” Annie Dillard, The Writing Life 12,13.