Recommended NT Resources, Part 1: Translations, Text, and the Bible in General

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( Cross-posted at Times&Seasons, where there are more comments.) We're 80% of the way through our Old Testament, and the time has come to start looking forward. As I did for the Old, so I will do for the New. This time, I'll break it up into a few posts, probably a few weeks apart. (Part 2 is now posted.)As before, the absolute best and easiest thing you can do to increase the quality and frequency of your Bible study is to replace/supplement your KJV with a different translation. You … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38: Isaiah 40-49

As always, there's a lot going on in these chapters. I'm a bit thin on these chapters (and I've also spent the last two weeks packing up our apartment, moving anything we didn't sell into storage, writing several secondaries and a tertiary medical application, relocating to a different city, AND getting a nose-dripping cold.) So I'm going to do little more than skim over the top and hit on a few themes.First, and majorly, is the issue of Second Isaiah. Much scholarship, dating back a few … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37: Isaiah 22, 24-26, 28-30.

Denethor, Steward of Gondor

First, to continue from last week, is Isaiah's love of wordplay and pun, which drives much of Isaiah's word choice. In today's reading, for example, in 24:17 we read Isaiah speaking of "terror, a pit, and a snare." These nouns are pachad, wa-pachat, wa-pach (wa meaning "and" here, a conjunction) See the Anchor Bible Dictionary article, Wordplay.The lesson today takes disparate verses and applies them Messianic fashion to Jesus. That’s legitimate and useful, but we need to be caref … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36: Isaiah 1-6

Normally I'd begin with a link to my podcast and transcript... except it appears that while I wrote 90% of a podcast in 2010, I never recorded it. Amos was the last podcast I put up. Consider this an intro to Isaiah.I have a confession. I’ve never really cared much for Isaiah. I’ve always found other parts of the Old Testament more interesting. When writing a podcast, I always go consult my preexisting notes I’ve prepared from personal study or teaching Institute. And as it turns out, I have … [Read more...]

Temporary Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35: Amos and Joel

The week has come and gone, and I realize I haven't put up  a post yet, which is a tragedy because I really like Amos.So while I write an update which may not arrive until tomorrow, here's some material to hold you over.Here's the podcast and transcript for Amos.I wrote about the question "Does God Commit Evil?" in response to the KJV/JST of Amos 3:6, over at Mormon Monastery.This is a rough draft of something I wrote a few years ago on Hebrew sod (rhymes with bode), translated a … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine lesson 34: Hosea

The Might of Assyria

First off, my podcast and transcript on Hosea are here. The manual suggests primary focus on Hosea 1-3 (the marriage metaphor) and 11, 13, 14 (invitations to repent.) However, Hosea is not long, and reading the whole thing in preparation is fairly quick. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33- Jonah and Micah


Jonah Jonah is four short chapters. I've done a lot with Jonah in the past. I'm not convinced that what I've written is the end-all-be-all (heck, I'm starting to be convinced one point is wrong), but I also don't have anything new to add at the moment. What I have done is address the short book several times, from several angles, including the history question. In brief, if you're focused on the whale instead of the last four verses of chapter 4, you're entirely missing the point. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32- Job

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Today we come to another little-read and little-known jewel of the Old Testament. It has not traditionally been appreciated; as Elder McConkie expressed, "Job is for people who like Job." I suspect we've simply never been "competent readers" or at least, not competent enough to appreciate it. (On "competent readers" see this excerpt from Brettler's excellent How to Read the Bible and this from John Barton's Reading the Old Testament) Fortunately, there's a new book out by Michael Austin (BA and … [Read more...]