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Kevin L. Barney, “Examining Six Key Concepts in Joseph Smith’s Understanding of Genesis 1:1,” BYU Studies 39, no. 3 (2000): 107–124.
Book of Mormon Central, “Why Do We Have Three Different Accounts of the Creation? (2 Nephi 2:22),” KnoWhy 400 (January 18, 2018).
Michael A. Goodman, “The Creation: An Introduction to Our Relationship to God,” Religious Educator 8, no. 3 (2007): 15–29.
John S. Lewis, “The Scale of Creation in Space and Time,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 8 (2014): 71–80.
Neal A. Maxwell, “Our Creator’s Cosmos,” in By Study and by Faith: Selections from the Religious Educator, ed. Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Kent P. Jackson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2009), 37–50.
F. Kent Nielsen and Stephen D. Ricks, “Creation, Creation Accounts,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York, NY: Macmillan Publishers, 1992) 1:340–341.
Michael D. Rhodes, “The Scriptural Accounts of the Creation: A Scientific Perspective,” in Converging Paths to Truth, ed. Michael D. Rhodes and J. Ward Moody (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, 2011), 123–150.
Bruce A. Roundy, and Robert J. Norman. “‘All Things Denote There Is a God’: Seeing Christ in the Creation,” Religious Educator 6, no. 2 (2005): 51–62.
David R. Seely, and Jo Ann Seely. “The Crown of Creation,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 43 (2002), 279–290.
Andrew C. Skinner, “The Premortal Godhood of Christ: A Restoration Perspective,” in Jesus Christ: Son of God, Savior, ed. Paul H. Peterson, Gary L. Hatch, and Laura D. Card (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2002), 50–78.
Stephen D. Ricks, “Liturgy and Cosmogony: The Ritual Use of Creation Accounts in the Ancient Near East,” in Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism, ed. Donald W. Parry (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: FARMS and Deseret Book, 1994), 118–125.
T. B. Spackman, “Understanding Genesis and the Temple,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 17 (2016): 197–199.
Stephen O. Smoot, “The Divine Council in the Hebrew Bible and the Book of Mormon,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 27 (2017): 155–180.