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July 29, 2016, Conference: New Mormon Ideas about Mark and Hebrews

Announcing the 4th Annual BYU New Testament Commentary Conference: 

New Mormon Ideas about Mark and Hebrews

Friday, July 29, 2016,  9:00 am to 3:00 pm,  Hinckley Center Assembly Hall, Brigham Young University. All are welcome to attend. Admission free.

9:00  Welcome and Opening Prayer

Introduction: About this New Testament Commentary Series and this conference

Morning Session: The Epistle to the Hebrews

9:10  Michael D. Rhodes, “Thoughts on the Authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews”

9:45  Joshua M. Matson, “‘Whoso Readeth It, Let Him Understand’: The Use of Extra-Canonical Jewish Traditions in Hebrews”

10:05  Q&A on the Authorship of Hebrews

10:15  Richard D. Draper, “‘Now Since the Children Share Flesh and Blood, [Christ] also, in Just the Same Way, Shared Their Humanity’: The Low Christology of the Lord as Viewed in Hebrews 1–2”

10:50  Avram R. Shannon, “‘I Have Sworn’: Ancient Exegesis and the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood”

11:10  Ben Spackman, “Joseph Smith, JST Hebrews 9:15-20, and Covenant Curses”

11:30  Nathaniel Pribil and Chris Brockman, “The Many Uses of Hebrews by LDS Leaders”

11:50  Q&A on Main Themes of Hebrews

12:00  Lunch Break. Food courts and buffets are available on campus, or bring a box lunch to eat on the patio.

Afternoon Session: The Gospel of Mark

1:00  Reconvene

1:10  Julie M. Smith, “The Purpose of Parables: A Closer Look at Mark 4:10-13”

1:45  Andrea Brunken, “Messianic Secret in the Book of Mark”

2:05  Philip Abbott, “The Markan Sandwich of Mark 5: A Reflection of Christ”

2:25  Andy Mickelson, “‘[He] Fled from Them Naked’: Uncovering the Significance of Mark 14:51-52”

2:45  Q&A on LDS Interests and Perplexities in Mark

2:55  Thanks and Closing Prayer

Parking is available at the visitor lot near the BYU Museum of Art or the Wilkinson Center. Handicap parking is available for vehicles with a hangtag or plate in any “A” lot, except in specially marked parking stalls.

Lunch options are available at the Wilkinson Center or the Cannon Center, or bring a box lunch.

No registration is required. Click here for a printable schedule: ntc_conference_schedule_2016_3

2016 Summer Seminar

We are accepting applications for the second annual BYU New Testament Commentary Series Summer Seminar, to be held for the four weeks of July 5 to July 29, 2016, on BYU Campus, Provo, Utah. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2016. The seminar is open to graduate students and recent PhDs who have research interests in Latter-day Saint readings of the New Testament.

During this Seminar, participants will:

  • Consult together about recent New Testament scholarship
  • Read and comment on the volumes currently in progress, including Hebrews, Mark, and the Series Introduction
  • Work closely with the authors of these and other volumes

The planned schedule for the seminar is:

July 5–8 Hebrews
July 11–15 Series Introduction Volume
July 18–28 Mark

Work products that will result from this seminar will include:

  • Greek word studies
  • Textual, contextual, intertextual, and translation notes
  • Analytical commentaries on chapters or sections
  • Short excurses or methodological comments

The Seminar will culminate in a conference, where conference participants will be able to present material that they have produced during the seminar.

A stipend of $2000 and a modest housing subsidy of $400 for single or $600 for family housing will be paid. Ample housing is inexpensively available in Provo during the summer term.

If you have any questions or want to apply, please send an initial email to our group using the Contact Us form at http://www.byunewtestamentcommentary.com/about-us/contact-us/ and further instructions will be sent  to you. Plan to submit these materials:  A current CV; a writing sample relating to scripture research, and a brief statement explaining your particular interests in this seminar and how you would hope to contribute to scholarly LDS work on the New Testament.

Sincerely,

The New Testament Commentary Series Editorial Committee

Kent Brown
Richard D. Draper
Kaye Terry Hanson
Eric Huntsman
Michael D. Rhodes
Brent D. Schmidt
Andrew C. Skinner
Julie M. Smith
Gaye Strathearn
John W. Welch

 

Public presentation on Tabernacle and Temple

We announce a lecture of interest to fans of New Testament studies. Dr. Joshua Berman, Senior Lecturer in the Bible Department at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, will present a lecture on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:00 pm in the Varsity Theater at BYU, Provo, Utah. His presentation is “The Differences between the Tabernacle and the Temple: Architecture and Ideology.”

It is open to the general public, and admission is free. No registration is necessary. The Varsity Theater is in the northeast section of the Wilkinson Center. We suggest parking in the lots east of the Wilkinson Center, which are open to the public in the evening. Take 900 East to get to these lots: Campus Drive no longer connects to the Wilkinson Center. You may also park in the Museum of Art parking lot, which is accessible from Campus Drive.

Dr. Berman is the author of The Temple: Its Symbolism and Meaning Then and Now (Jason Aronson Publishers, 1995, 2010). His book is widely known for its rigorous scholarship and spiritual enrichment, animating the meaning of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem, its rites, and the biblical passages that describe it. Watch for an article from this book that will soon be posted on Interpreter at http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/

Dr. Berman received a B.A. in Religion from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Bible from Bar-Ilan University. An orthodox rabbi, he and his wife have four children and reside in Bet Shemesh, Israel. Berman’s brief visit to Utah is co-sponsored by BYU Studies, the Academy for Temple Studies, the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the Interpreter Foundation, and the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

The presentation on Wednesday will be recorded and made available a few weeks afterward via the BYU Studies Youtube channel.

Questions? Please contact via this website.

Annual Conference on July 31, 2015: Love Never Fails: The Latter-day Saint Affinity towards 1 Corinthians

We are pleased to announce the Third Annual BYU New Testament Commentary Conference will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Hinckley Alumni Center at BYU. This conference is free and open to the public. Videos of every presentation will be made available on this website within a couple of months.

We are celebrating the upcoming publication of the newest e-book in the New Testament Commentary Series, which is Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, by Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes. Everyone who attends the conference may register for a free copy of this e-book.  

First Corinthians has long held a prominent place in LDS thought, culture, and practice. It is the source of the Relief Society motto, Charity Never Faileth; and Paul’s discourse on the gifts of the spirit stands behind Article of Faith 7.

Featured speakers this year include Craig Blomberg, Kevin Barney, and Julie M. Smith. Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Denver Seminary and co-author of How Wide the Divide? A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation. Kevin Barney practices public finance law in Chicago and is a scholar of Mormon history and scripture. Julie Smith holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and is the author of several published works.

Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes will lead a panel discussion about their commentary on 1 Corinthians as well as respond to questions from the audience.

Morning Session

9:00        John W. Welch, Brigham Young University, editor in chief of BYU Studies and Professor of Law, Welcome and Introductions, and “Visiting the Ruins of Corinth Today”

9:35        Kevin L. Barney, Chicago, lawyer in public finance law and a scholar of Mormon history and scripture, “The Joseph Smith Translation of 1 Corinthians: Towards an Eclectic Approach”

10:25     Break

10:40     Craig L. Blomberg, “A Celestial Commentary on 1 Corinthians”

11:30     Avram R. Shannon, Ohio State University, “The Term ‘Apostle’: Issues in Using Jewish Sources in New Testament Studies”

11:50     Lunch Break: We recommend the buffet at the Cannon Center at Helaman Halls or the food court at the Wilkinson Center, or you may bring a brown bag lunch to eat on the west patio at the Hinckley Center.

Afternoon Session

1:00        Julie M. Smith, Texas,  “Portraits of Jesus: Christology in the Gospel of Mark and 1 Corinthians”

1:45        Brock L. Mason and David L. Paulsen, BYU, Professor of Philosophy, “Theological Underpinnings of Baptism for the Dead”

2:25        Break

2:40        T. Benjamin Spackman, California, “Christian Accommodation at Corinth”

3:00        Michael D. Rhodes, Translator, Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU, “Remarks and Responses: Behind the Scenes of this New Commentary”

3:30        Richard D. Draper, Commentator, Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU, “‘The Cup of Blessing’: Paul’s Teachings on the Sacrament in 1 Corinthians 10”

4:00        Conclude

Parking: No one attending the conference may park in the few reserved spots available directly across from (east of) the Hinckley Center. Please park at the Museum of Art visitor lot (open during construction), or in Lot 48, which is just under the south scoreboard of the stadium, and a short walk from the Hinckley Center. If you have a handicap hangtag, you may park in the “A” lot across from the Hinckley Center, but not in the reserved spots.

 

Questions? Contact us here.

Ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Corinth, Greece.

Ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Corinth, Greece.

 

 

 

July 31, 2015: Next conference of the BYU New Testament Commentary

Save the date for Friday, July 31, 2015, for the next BYU New Testament Commentary conference. The conference will be held on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. The topic of this year’s conference is 1 Corinthians. The commentary on that book has been written by Michael Rhodes and Richard Draper and is under review by the committee. The conference will include a variety of presentations and discussions about this forthcoming volume in the commentary series and about Corinth, Paul, and LDS biblical studies in general. Anyone interested in New Testament studies will find this conference very helpful. The conference is free and open to the public. The schedule of speakers will be announced soon. Note: this date is a change from the previously announced date of May 13, 2015.

 

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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