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Ben Spackman Feb 20, 2015
This begins the first of several weeks coverage of what's come to be known as The Sermon on the Mount. Whilewell known to Christians today... few appreciate the richness of these sayings of Jesus: the...
Ben Spackman Feb 14, 2015
Each lesson covers a good number of stories. Today covers Mark 1-2, among others. Mark is generally thought to be the earliest gospel, though not the earliest NT book. Paul's letters were all written ...
Benjamin the Scribe
Ben Spackman Feb 08, 2015
My focus today is on a passage from Luke 4. In his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus gets up to read in the synagogue, and cites Isaiah 61 as being fulfilled. This goes over like a lead balloon as his once ...
Ben Spackman Jan 31, 2015
Today I focus on Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, in John 3.Nicodemus was a "leader of the Jews" which strongly suggests he was a member of "the" Sanhedrin (Gr. synhedrion or "council").The sanhedr...
Ben Spackman Jan 24, 2015
In today's episode of Gospel non-harmony, let's examine how Andrew and Peter were called.Matthew's VersionJohn's Version4:18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is call...
Ben Spackman Jan 16, 2015
I couldn't find my notes on the Gospels, presumably because I've never written any. I reviewed my classes, and it turns out I've never taught the Gospels, not for Institute, not for BYU, not for any l...
Ben Spackman Jan 11, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6osyZY2fsI&spfreload=10Arvo Pärt's Magnificat, one of many songs based on the Latin translation of Mary's "my soul doth magnify (magnificat) the Lord" in Luke 1:46ff.M...
Ben Spackman Jan 03, 2015
First, I'm pleased to announce that I will be having guest bloggers joining me from time to time in the upcoming year. First up is Mogget, who was a co-blogger with me before I left FaithPromotingRumo...
Ben Spackman Dec 31, 2014
Let's start the new year by reminding ourselves how little we know, with a brief quiz. (That's the grouchy academic in me, throwing a surprise pretest on the first day of class.)1) Matthew, Mark, Luke...
Ben Spackman Dec 23, 2014
Several of the aspects of Zechariah have already been treated, such as water flowing out from the temple and future prophecies in general. All I would add is this wisdom from Elder Maxwell.The chilias...
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