The book drew parallels between events in the Book of Mormon and ancient Near Eastern traditions.
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Hill argued that many of the parallels between ancient culture and the Book of Mormon "seem as much American as they do ancient" though Hill does not go into further detail. He compiled reports on various topics to answer frequently asked questions from readers and to inform general authorities.
Hamblin stated that while Nibley's explanation of ancient Near Eastern culture was accurate, he drew anachronistic parallels that weakened his other, stronger arguments. Hamblin also stated that Nibley ignored significant differences between Near Eastern cultures and occurrences in the Book of Mormon.
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In , Nibley discussed the circumstances around the early Christian apostasy in a series of thirty talks on a weekly devotional on KSL in He wrote a series for the Improvement Era on the same topic in , and other series on the Jaredites and Book of Mormon criticism in the late s. Stecker found Since Cumorah was a "stimulating" introduction to "many problems," but one that overburdened its readers with "irrelevant facts" and lacked a bibliography. Midgley praised Nibley's application of Book of Mormon concepts to current politics.
In the book, Nibley countered anti-Mormon assertions about Joseph Smith in the style of a classical apologist. Once again, general authorities were impressed with Nibley's writings, and when Irving Wallace 's The Twenty-Seventh Wife was published, they asked Nibley to write a response. Nibley enthusiastically studied historical material about Brigham Young.
Alexander stated that Sounding Brass sarcastically points out obvious flaws in a form of "intellectual overkill. The First Presidency asked Nibley to respond to the papyri. Nibley continued to write about Abraham, publishing Abraham in Egypt in Hill criticized Nibley for comparing the Book of Abraham to records from hundreds of years after Abraham;  Louis Midgley criticized Hill for misunderstanding Nibley's argument, which was to compare the Book of Abraham against existent parallel literature that was unknown to Joseph Smith.
Olsen criticized Nibley's selection of examples that supported his arguments. In , church leaders were contemplating changes to the temple endowment and asked Nibley to write on the "history and significance of the endowment" for them. The essays were reprinted in other books, but without specific references to the temple endowment ceremony. Hamblin , a colleague at BYU, said, "Nibley's methodology consists more of comparative literature than history. Jackson criticized Nibley for lacking sources, using sources selectively, and using sources out of context.
Jackson argued that Nibley's early research was his weakest, and that some should not have been published in his collected works.
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England noted that Nibley's social commentary on preserving the environment, avoiding war, and against Prosperity theology often went ignored. England praised Nibley's clear prose and witty satire, identifying the absence of the speech "Leaders to Managers: The Fatal Shift" as a major flaw in the volumes.
In a issue of Dialogue , Douglas F. Salmon concluded that appropriate parallels must discuss the ancient work's language, culture, and context. Hamblin accused Salmon of ignoring what FARMS researchers have said about the methodology of parallels, and of erroneously finding errors in Nibley's research. Huggins wrote that Nibley "modifies his quotations to artificially render them more supportive," and provided several examples in Drawing on the experience of the people who checked Nibley's footnotes, she explained that editors or typists could introduce errors.
She stated that some of Nibley's published work was not intended for publication, like his speeches, and that fact-checkers had to supply footnotes on their own. Nibley's magnum opus , One Eternal Round , was published as volume 19 of his collected works in , with additional writing by Michael D.
Gary P. Gillum summarized the book as a "comprehensive look at Facsimile No. Egyptologist John Gee , a student of Nibley and current fair Mormon apologist, wrote that "Nibley has a tendency to use myth for history and to flatten the chronology of sources from a variety of periods to create his historical portrait. From , Hugh's son Alex Nibley organized the filming of interviews with Nibley to use in a documentary about his life called Faith of an Observer.
The first volume was published in and fourteen volumes were printed by He gave the materials for his final book to FARMS in the fall of , which was published in March as commemoration for what would have been his th birthday. Nibley was a Mormon folk legend during his lifetime, and frequently members of the LDS Church told fantastic stories about him.
Boyd Peterson , Nibley's son-in-law and biographer, recounted common folk stories in an article for Sunstone. In one folk story, Nibley's colleague Klaus Baer inscribed a verse from the Book of Mormon in sandstone in Egyptian hieroglyphs while hiking. Nibley did report that Baer inscribed sandstone with Egyptian hieroglyphs, but the text was common Egyptian graffiti. This story is not based on factual events. Stories of Nibley's absent-mindedness are common to academic folklore, though some may be inspired by real events.
In one story, Nibley refers a student to read a book, and after the student finds out it is in German, complains that he cannot read it.
Nibley replies, "So what? It's a small book. They married in September  and had eight children. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hugh Nibley.
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That is an absolute truth, and all the arguing in the world will not change it. Weights will not suspend themselves in the air, but when released will fall earthward. The law of gravity is an absolute truth. It never varies. Greater laws can overcome lesser ones, but that does not change their undeniable truth.
God, our Heavenly Father — Elohim — lives. That is an absolute truth.
All four billion of the children of men on the earth might be ignorant of him and his attributes and his powers, but he still lives. All the people on the earth might deny him and disbelieve, but he lives in spite of them. In short, opinion alone has no power in the matter of an absolute truth. He still lives. The intellectual may rationalize him out of existence and the unbeliever may scoff, but Christ still lives and guides the destinies of his people.
That is an absolute truth; there is no gainsaying. Truth is what we are after, and we are not afraid of the doctrines of any man; we are willing to stand by the revelations of God.