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2019: New Testament

December 31–January 6

We Are Responsible for Our Own Learning

Jews and Greeks: The Broader Context for Writing the New Testament

“Plain and Precious Things“: The Writing of the New Testament

What the Bible Means to Latter-day Saints

Background Reading

“Written, That Ye Might Believe”: Literary Features of the Gospels

The Meaning of the Word Gospel

The JST and the Synoptic Gospels: Literary Style

Illuminating the Text of the Doctrine and Covenants through the Gospel of John

Who Really Wrote the Gospels? A Study of Traditional Authorship

The Distinctive Testimonies of the Four Gospels

Mark and Luke: Two Facets of a Diamond

Matthew as an Editor of the Life and Teachings of Jesus

The Earliest “New Testament”

New Testament Manuscripts, Textual Families, and Variants

Asking Restoration Questions in New Testament Scholarship

Teaching the Four Gospels: Five Considerations

January 7–13

Matthew 1; Luke 1

“Be It unto Me according to Thy Word”

Sorting Out the Seven Marys in the New Testament

The Four Gospels as Testimonies

January 14-20

Luke 2; Matthew 2

We Have Come to Worship Him

Special Witnesses of the Birth of Christ

January 21–27

John 1

We Have Found the Messiah

John the Beloved: Special Witness of the Atonement

January 28–February 3

Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”

John the Baptist: The Miracle and the Mission


The Doctrine of Baptism: Immersions at Qumran and the Baptisms of John, the Earliest Christians, and Book of Mormon Peoples

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

February 4–10

Matthew 4; Luke 4–5

“The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me”

Jesus’ Use of the Psalms in Matthew

February 11–17

John 2–4

“Ye Must Be Born Again”

The Message of Nicodemus

February 18–24

Matthew 5; Luke 6

“Blessed Are Ye”

Israel’s Ancient Psalms: Cornerstone of the Beatitudes

A Scriptural Comparison Concerning Anger: 3 Nephi 12:22 and Matthew 5:22

Salt and Light: Being in the World but Not of the World

“What Therefore God Hath Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder”

“Resist Not Evil”: The Supreme Test of Christian Discipleship

“Be Ye Therefore Perfect:” The Elusive Quest for Perfection

“As Your Father Also Is Merciful”: The Sermon on the Plain and the Development of Mercy

“A Wise Man . . . Built His House upon a Rock”: The Doctrine of Discernment

The Sermon on the Mount in the Joseph Smith Translation

The Sermon on the Mount in the JST and the Book of Mormon

The Six Antitheses: Attaining the Purpose of the Law through the Teachings of Jesus

How New Testament Variants Contribute to the Meaning of the Sermon on the Mount

February 25–March 3

Matthew 6–7

“By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them”

The Kingdom of God: God’s Vision for Society in the Sermon on the Mount

“He Taught Them as One Having Authority”

The Father in the Sermon on the Mount

The Sociocultural Context of the Sermon on the Mount

Audience Astonishment at the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon at the Temple

Echoes from the Sermon on the Mount

March 4–10

Matthew 8–9; Mark 2–5

“Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”

 The Healing Power of the Atonement

March 11–17

Matthew 10–12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11

“These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth”

“Those Who Receive You Not”: The Rite of Wiping Dust Off the Feet

Simon and the Woman Who Anointed Jesus’s Feet

March 18–24

Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13

“Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear”

Of Soils and Souls: The Parable of the Sower

Names of the Parables

March 25–31

Matthew 14–15; Mark 6–7; John 5–6

“Be Not Afraid”

The Bread of Life Sermon

The Bread of Life Discourse as Dialogue

April 1–14

Matthew 16–17; Mark 9; Luke 9

“Thou Art the Christ”

“Whom Say Ye That I Am?”: Peter’s Witness of Christ

Peter, Stones, and Seers

Peter’s Keys

The Savior’s Teachings on Discipleship during His Final Trek to Jerusalem

April 15–21


“O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?”

What the Atoning Sacrifice Meant for Jesus

Jesus Christ: Priest, King, and Prophet

The Passion of Jesus Christ

To Proclaim Liberty to the Captives

“It Is Finished”

The Atonement and the Resurrection

“He Is Risen”

He Has Risen: The Resurrection Narratives as a Witness of Corporeal Regeneration

The Resurrection: An Embattled Keystone

The Book of Mormon as an Interpretive Guide to the New Testament

Christ, Our Advocate and High Priest

April 22–28

Matthew 18; Luke 10

“What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?”

Choosing the “Good Part”

April 29–May 5

John 7–10

“I Am the Good Shepherd”

Jesus Christ and the Feast of Tabernacles

Nicodemus: Coward or Convert?

May 6–12

Luke 12–17; John 11

“Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost”

The Parable of the Two Sons: A Revelation about God

Names of the Parables

May 13–19

Matthew 19–20; Mark 10; Luke 18

“What Lack I Yet?”

May 20–26

Matthew 21–23; Mark 11; Luke 19–20; John 12

“Behold, Thy King Cometh”

Names of the Parables

Jesus’ Use of the Psalms in Matthew

The Great Commandment: Principle or Platitude?

The Savior’s Questions: Teachings from the Last Week of His Life

The Confusing Case of Zacharias

May 27–June 2

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21

“The Son of Man Shall Come”

Prophecies and Promises of Joseph Smith—Matthew

June 3–9

John 13–17

“Continue Ye in My Love”

The Lamb of God: Unique Aspects of the Passion Narrative in John

June 10–16

Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18

“Not as I Will, but as Thou Wilt”

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

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

The Passion of Jesus Christ

Why Is Abba in the New Testament?

Revisiting Golgotha and the Garden Tomb

Gethsemane and Golgotha: Why and What the Savior Suffered

June 17–23

Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19

“It Is Finished”

Christ’s Crucifixion: Reclamation of the Cross

The Savior’s Ministry to the Spirit World

Visions of Christ in the Spirit World and the Dead Redeemed

June 24–30

Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20–21

“He Is Risen”

The Endings of Mark and Revelation

Paul’s Witness to the Historical Integrity of the Gospels

July 1–7

Acts 1–5

“Ye Shall Be Witnesses unto Me”

Healing, Wholeness, and Repentance in Acts 3

The Book of Acts: A Pattern for Modern Church Growth

July 8–14

Acts 6–9

“What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?”

“He Is Risen”

The Setting and Sacrament of the Christian Community

July 15–21

Acts 10–15

“The Word of God Grew and Multiplied”

Paul the Apostle: Champion of the Doctrine of the Resurrection

Peter, Cornelius, and Cultural Boundaries

The Jerusalem Council

The Jerusalem Conference: The First Council of the Christian Church

July 22–28

Acts 16–21

“The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel”

“The Wisdom of Men”: Greek Philosophy, Corinthian Behavior, and the Teachings of Paul

July 29–August 4

Acts 22–28

“A Minister and a Witness”

“An Hebrew of the Hebrews”: Paul’s Language and Thought

The Law of Moses and the Law of Christ

August 5–11

Romans 1–6

“The Power of God unto Salvation”

William Tyndale and the Language of At-one-ment

“We Have Now Received the Atonement”

August 12–18

Romans 7–16

“Overcome Evil with Good”

Paul’s Use of Old Testament Scripture

August 19–25

1 Corinthians 1–7

“Be Perfectly Joined Together”

Paul’s Teachings in 1 Corinthians on Women

The Stumbling Blocks of First Corinthians

The “I’s” of Corinth: Modern Problems Not New

Paul’s Inspired Teachings on Marriage

August 26–September 1

1 Corinthians 8–13

“Ye Are the Body of Christ”

The Unifying Power of Spiritual Gifts

Adoption and Atonement: Becoming Sons and Daughters of Christ

Saved and Enabled by the Grace of Jesus Christ

Walking in Newness of Life: Doctrinal Themes of the Apostle Paul

September 2–8

1 Corinthians 14–16

“God Is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace”

The Unifying Power of Spiritual Gifts

Baptism for the Dead

Paul the Apostle: Champion of the Doctrine of the Resurrection

September 9–15

2 Corinthians 1–7

“Be Ye Reconciled to God”

September 16–22

2 Corinthians 8–13

“God Loveth a Cheerful Giver”

September 23–29


“Walk in the Spirit”

Law and Liberty in Galatians 5–6

Adoption and Atonement: Becoming Sons and Daughters of Christ

The Faith of Christ

Peter and Paul in Antioch

Law and Liberty in Galatians 5-6

September 30–October 13


Saved and Enabled by the Grace of Jesus Christ

Ephesians: Unfolding the Mysteries through Revelation

Submit Yourselves . . . as unto the Lord

Unity and Atonement in Ephesians

The “Same” Organization That Existed in the Primitive Church

Internal Divisions: Ephesians in Historical Context

October 14–20

Philippians; Colossians

“For the Perfecting of the Saints”

“I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me”

Suffering for the Savior’s Sake

October 21–27

1and 2 Thessalonians

“Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled”

The Process of Apostasy in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon

The Occasional Nature, Composition, and Structure of Paul’s Letters

Scribes and Ancient Letters: Implications for the Pauline Epistles

Paul’s Use of Old Testament Scripture

October 28–November 3

1and 2 Timothy; Titus; Philemon

“Be Thou an Example of the Believers”

New Testament Prophecies of Apostasy

“A Slave of Christ Jesus”: Ancient Slavery as a Biblical Metaphor for Salvation

November 4–10

Hebrews 1–6

Jesus Christ, “the Author of Eternal Salvation”

Authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews

November 11–17

Hebrews 7–13

“An High Priest of Good Things to Come”

Seek Learning by Faith

November 18–24


“Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only”

Paul and James on Faith and Works

“As the Body without the Spirit”: James’s Epistle on Faith and Work

“The Tongue Is a Fire”: The Symbolic Language of James 3

“If Any of You Lack Wisdom”: James’s Imperative to Israel

Agency and Self-Deception in the Writings of James and 1 John

November 25–December 1

1and 2 Peter

“Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory”

The Case for Petrine Authorship of 1 Peter

Peter, the Chief Apostle

Peter, My Brother

Think It Not Strange Concerning the Fiery Trial

Peter’s Principles: An Approach to the First Epistle of Peter

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

Joseph Smith’s Inspired Commentary on the Doctrine of Calling and Election

“Honor the King”: Submission to Civil Authority

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

Visions of Christ in the Spirit World and the Dead Redeemed

Reading 2 Peter as a Farewell Text

December 2–8

1–3 John; Jude

“God Is Love”

Twilight in the Early Church

The Overlooked Epistle of Jude

December 9–15

Revelation 1–11

“Glory, and Power, Be unto … the Lamb for Ever”

Teaching the Book of Revelation: Five Considerations

Understanding Images and Symbols in the Book of Revelation

Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision as Apocalyptic Literature

What Nephi’s Vision Teaches about the Bible and the Book of Mormon

The Exalted Lord

The Apocalyptic Witness of the Messiah

Apocalyptic Imagination and the New Testament

Insights from the JST into the Book of Revelation

December 16–22


“Good Tidings of Great Joy”

December 23–29

Revelation 12–22

“He That Overcometh Shall Inherit All Things”

The War in Heaven and Satan’s Continuing Battle for Power

The Endings of Mark and Revelation