Since General Conference just wasn’t available in Troye France, my wife and I didn’t hear any of it. Instead, we attended Mass with a Catholic family we know, which led to a very interesting Gospel-related conversation. In any case, you can’t tell the following from listening to Elder Hinckley’s talk, only reading it.
I was reading through the Conference edition of the Ensign this evening and noticed Elder Richard Hinckley, in his talk on Repentance cited a Hebrew meaning for something. I looked at the footnote- Anchor Bible Dictionary!
Why is this significant? Much of the scripture scholarship that is cited in the Ensign or Institute manuals tends to be old, out-dated, and highly conservative. By contrast, ABD is not for the inerrantist nor one seeking devotional materials. For those not familiar with it, ABD is *the* scholarly Bible dictionary; 6 volumes and 7200 pages of extensive discussion with a bibliography for every topic. ABD includes 23 entries written by LDS scholars, such as S. Kent Brown, John Hall, David Seely, Stephen Robinson, and Stephen Ricks.
Is this in his Dad’s library? His? Who knows? He’s familiar with it, and I think that’s great. It reminded me of the time Elder Nelson quoted from the Coptic Discourse on the Abbaton. (In a general conference talk somewhere, he quotes from something similarly ancient and arcane as well as some kind of upper level math or physics book with a complicated name. I couldn’t find that reference, though.)