“Taking Upon Yourself the Name of Christ: The Power of the Name in the Ancient World”

The 2011 BYU Religious Education Student Symposium will be on Friday, February 18. I’ll be presenting in room 322 of the WILK at 1:00 PM. My paper is titled “Taking Upon Yourself the Name of Christ: The Power of the Name in the Ancient World,” and it explores how ancient Egyptians, Jews, and Christians believed that the ‘name’ — especially the name of divine beings — was a powerful and mystical attribute, and that invoking the name of a god allied yourself with that deity’s power, even to the point of making you part of that deity. In my paper I suggest that this ancient mindset is the basis behind the Book of Mormon’s repeated injunction to “take upon you the name of Christ.”

Again, the fun starts at 1:00 PM in 3222 of the Wilkinson Center.