Sperry Symposium at BYU, “The Ministry of Peter, the Chief Apostle”

We encourage everyone to attend the annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium at BYU on Oct. 24 and 25, 2014. The keynote speaker will be Elder Bruce C. Hafen.

Several of the authors of the BYU New Testament Commentary will present: Eric Huntsman, Andrew Skinner, John W. Welch, and S. Kent Brown. See the schedule here:

http://religion.byu.edu/event/43rd-annual-sidney-b-sperry-symposium

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Revelation 1:6 and Priesthood

By Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes

Revelation 1:6 focuses on the end result of the resurrection and supremacy of the Lord: he is able to make his followers kings and priests unto God.[1] The seven servants mentioned twice in Revelation (1:4, 20) had apparently achieved these ranks and attendant blessings. They were not the only ones. “John said he was a king,” Joseph Smith reported.[2] The kingdom to which the Seer and the others belonged was to endure forever, and those who became members therein were, therefore, eternal heirs of glory. The reason was that these offices are an everlasting possession bestowed by the sealing power and authority of the high priesthood. Continue reading

When was the Gospel of Mark written?

By Julie M. Smith

Mark’s Gospel does not contain any specific dates for its contents or writing.[1] It is possible that Mark was written in stages (either because Mark himself wrote the Gospel over a number of years or because he incorporated passages that were written by someone else at an earlier time, or both). There is a high degree of scholarly consensus that the Gospel of Mark was written in the 60s. Continue reading