2014 Sydney B. Sperry Symposium

This year’s Sperry Symposium sheds important light on the mission of the man whom Jesus himself referred to as “the rock.” As a sometimes fallible but nonetheless earnest disciple, Peter is an important example of grace, transformation, service, and power. Presentations will treat his cultural background and context, his role in the apostolic church, many of his noted teachings, and his important legacy in early Christianity and the Restoration. But above all, Peter is revealed as one who, through the Atonement and the endowment of the Spirit, overcame his own weaknesses to become one of the greatest, and most powerful, witnesses of the divinity, mission, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Schedule

Friday, OCTOBER 24, 2014

 

Time

JSB Auditorium

206 MARB

207 MARB

222 MARB

221 MARB

103/107 JSB

 

6:30

p.m.

Keynote Address: Elder Bruce C. Hafen: Peter, the Priesthood, the Temple, and Christ’s Atonement Emeritus General Authority

7:30

p.m.

 

 

 

Fallible by Faithful: How Simon the Fisherman Became Peter the Rock

 

 

Brent L. Top
Dean,
Religious Education BYU

 

Simon Peter in Capernaum: An Archeological Survey of the First-Century Village

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew J. Grey
Ancient Scripture BYU

The Petrine Kerygma and the Gospel According to Mark

 

 

Eric D. Huntsman
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

 

Healing, Wholeness, and Repentance

Jennifer C. Lane
Religious Education
BYU-Hawaii

Founded upon a Rock: Doctrinal and Temple Implications of Peter's Surnaming

 

 

 

Matthew L. Bowen
Religious Education
BYU-Hawaii

"Honor the King": Submission to Civil Authority

 

 

Eric-Jon K. Marlowe
Religious Education

BYU-Hawaii

8:30

p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Whom Say Ye That I Am?" Peter's Witness of Christ

 

 

 

 

 

Terry B. Ball
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

Peter in the Apocryphal Tradition

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas J. Frederick
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

 

Peter, Upon This Rock (Matthew 16:13-20)

Rebecca Sybrowsky Spencer
Independent Scholar

 

 Peter, Stones, and Seers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shon D. Hopkin
Ancient Scripture
BYU

Peter, Cornelius, and Cultural Boundaries

 

 

 

 

 


Thomas A. Wayment
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

 Understanding the Love of Jesus Christ in the Chastisement of Peter

 

 

 

 

Jake Romney
Religious Education
BYU-Idaho

Schedule

Saturday, OCTOBER 25, 2014

 

Time

JSB Auditorium

206 MARB

207 MARB

222 MARB

221 MARB

 

 

9:00

a.m.

 

 

 

Make Your Calling and Election Sure 

 

Robert L. Millet
Ancient Scripture
BYU

Wondering at His Words: Peter's Influence on the Knowledge of Salvation for the Dead

 

 

 

 

Scott C. Esplin
Church History and Doctrine BYU

The Eternal Mission of the Apostle Peter

 

Jenifer Brinkerhoff Platt
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

The Case for Petrine Authorship of 1 Peter
Frank F. Judd Jr.
Ancient Scirpture
BYU

Weaving Allusions and Intertextuality into 1 Peter

 

 

Taylor Halverson
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

 

 

10:00

a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Peter and the Doctrine of Becoming like God (Theosis)

 

 

 

 

Andrew C. Skinner
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

The Accounts of Peter's Denial: Understanding the Texts and Motifs

 

 

 

 

 

Eric D. Huntsman
Ancient Scripture
BYU

 

 

Reading 2 Peter as a Farewell Text
John W. Welch
Law School BYU & Brent J. Schmidt
Religious Education
BYU-Idaho

Peter in the House of Tabitha: Late Antique Sarcophagi and Christian Philanthropy

Catherine C. Taylor
Part-Time Ancient Scripture
BYU

Compassionate Service of Latter-Day Prophets: Following Peter in Christ's Footsteps

 

Kenneth L. Alford
Church History and Doctrine
BYU

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:00

a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter and the Restored Priesthood

 

 

 

Steven C. Harper
Church History Library

 

Peter's Keys

 

 

 

 

S. Kent Brown
Ancient Scripture, emeritus
BYU

 

 

Peter's Shado, Still Powerful 2,000 Years Later: Relevant Lessons for Us from Jesus' Chief Apostle

 


Tyler Griffin
Ancient Scripture
BYU

Stand Down and See the End: Peter's Characterization in the Gospels
 

Jared W. Ludlow
Ancient Scripture
BYU

Peter: In Defense of the Messiah (Acts 2)

Any Hardison
S&I Arizona