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Upcoming BYU New Testament Conference Free to Attend

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April 27, 2024

This year's BYU New Testament Commentary Conference will be held Friday, May 10, in the Reynolds Auditorium of the Harold B. Lee Library and will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. The conference is free and open to the public and sponsored by the BYU New Testament Commentary group, BYU Studies, and Scripture Central.

The conference's schedule is as follows. A PDF of the program can be downloaded here.


9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Acknowledgements

Morning Session

9:10 a.m. - Keynote Address - “Joseph Smith as a Disciple” by Richard E. Turley, Jr.

9:40 a.m. - “Discipleship: The Outward Expression of the Life-changing Event for Paul and Alma” by Richard Draper

10:20 a.m. - Break

10:35 a.m. - “‘The Marks of the Lord Jesus’: The Radically Different Discipleship of Paul and Moroni” by Tom R. Roberts

11:20 a.m. - “The Effects of Consecrated Discipleship on Two Continents: Evidence from Acts and 4th Nephi” by Andrew Skinner

11:55 a.m. - Lunch break. Food courts and buffets are available at the Wilkinson Center. Books for sale at the BYU Studies office, 1063 JFSB.

Afternoon Session

1:00 p.m. - “The Old Testament as a Springboard to Greater Faith” by Avram R. Shannon

1:45 p.m. - “Exaltation and Marriage in the Epistle to the Ephesians” by S. Kent Brown

2:30 p.m. - “Excurses: A Deep Dive into Scripture Study” by Brent J. Schmidt

3:10 p.m. - Break

3:25 p.m. - “Introductory Volume Leads to Christ through Sacred Texts” by Joshua M. Matson

4:10 p.m. - “One in Thy Hand: The New Testament and Book of Mormon as Handbooks of Church Administration and Discipleship” by John W. Welch


According to their website, the goal of the BYU New Testament Commentary project is for a group of Latter-day Saint scholars “to produce a multi-volume commentary on the New Testament with a new rendition of the Greek texts of the New Testament books. Planned to take several years to complete, this multi-volume series will combine the best of ancient linguistic and historical scholarship with Latter-day Saint doctrinal perspectives.” Eight volumes of the work, focused respectively on the books of Mark, Luke, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Hebrews, and Revelation, plus a new introductory volume on essential tools for understanding the New Testament, have already been published. See for more information.


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