New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 46: Revelation 5-6, 19-22 (draft)

Well, the end is upon us. It's the end of the world/New Testament as we know it, and I feel fine.Sometime in the next week, I'll be putting up a post about what to read for the Book of Mormon, as I did for the New Testament and Old Testament. I'll also have a significant announcement about me and the blog, but right now, I do plan on doing regular, but short Book of Mormon posts, to start before the new year, so I'm ahead of things.Today's chapters... today's chapters, well. Let's be … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 45: Revelation 1-2, 12

The final book! We’ve almost made it through! The end is nigh! First, a note on names. This is the book of Revelation (singular) not the book of RevelationS (plural.) It’s a really common mistake in Hollywood and elsewhere, like the "books of the Bible" tie I have. (Ok, mine isn't pictured. But Revelation is misspelled on my tie and it irks me.) The title Revelation comes from Rev 1:1, with that ambiguous “of” preposition. “The revelation of Jesus” can mean “a revelation that is about Jesus,” “a … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 44: 1-3 John

1 John opens reminiscent of both the Gospel of John (thematically) and Luke/Acts (in contrast). That is, the vocabulary and ideas resemble John (the Word of life made visible, eternal life). But the point-of-view contrasts Luke. Whereas Luke says he had to investigate and talk to witness, because he wasn't a firsthand eyewitness himself, 1Jo 1:1 and 1Jo 1:3 strongly imply the opposite for the author (authors?) of 1 John. Note the plural "we" there, present from the first verses onwards. Is this a … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43: 1-2 Peter, Jude

These three epistles are usually grouped with James and the three epistles of John, together called the Catholic Epistles. Greek katholikos means "universal", and so they are sometimes called the General Epistles, since they're written universally, to everyone, in general. Once again, there's not really an overarching theme, so we're going to play thematic wack-a-mole. Find something significant you like and expand on it.1 PeterThe author of 1Pe is writing "through" Silvanus (i.e. S … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42- James (updated)

I assume James gets his own Gospel Doctrine lesson because... Joseph Smith and James 1:5? Not sure, really.  But James is "the most socially conscious writing in the New Testament"(Brown, Introduction to the New Testament, 725), so it has that going for it.Like Timothy and Titus, this epistle lacks a Big Picture woven throughout. Like Timothy and Titus, it contains very practical advice. Like Timothy and Titus, it doesn't get a lot of attention. The Letter of James is among the most negle … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 41- 1&2 Timothy, Titus

These letters are known as the Pastoral Letters. (Pastor came into English from Latin pastor, "shepherd.") They are addressed not to congregations, but to individuals who are themselves ministering to congregations. Full of counsel, less of doctrine.And here, like Hebrews, most scholars are convinced that Paul didn't write them. Why? The following is summarized from the conservative Protestant Word Biblical Commentary volume on the Pastorals by eminent Greek teacher William Mounce. (See his b … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40: Colossians and Philippians, but mostly Philemon

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I've got a new feature here. Bible verses now have a NRSV pop-up when you mouse over them. Try it here, with Genesis 1:1. That means that I'll now be repeating the book abbreviation or name when making references, necessary for it to work. Quotations that include references will now by modified slightly to include the book name so it will work there too. This functionality is an implementation of Reftagger, from Logos. Alas, it's only with the Bible, so LDS scripture references won't work.I … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39: Ephesians (updated)

I've got a new feature here. Bible verses now have a NRSV pop-up when you mouse over them. Try it here, with Genesis 1:1. That means that I'll now be repeating the book abbreviation or name when making references, necessary for it to work. Quotations that include references will now by modified slightly to include the book name so it will work there too. This functionality is an implementation of Reftagger, from Logos. Alas, it's only with the Bible, so LDS scripture references won't wo … [Read more...]


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