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Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32)

This is excerpted from The Testimony of Luke by S. Kent Brown. It includes the New Rendition, Analysis, and Notes on each verse.

New Rendition

11 And he said, “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give to me that portion of the estate which falls to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 And after a few days, when the young man had gathered everything, he went abroad into a far land, and there he squandered his goods by living dissolutely. 14 When he had exhausted everything, a serious famine arose across that land, and he began to be in short supply. 15 And he went and joined with one of the citizens in that land, and he sent him into his fields to tend swine. 16 And he desired to eat his fill from the carob pods which the pigs were eating. And no one gave him anything.

17 “But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am perishing here from hunger. 18 I will rise up and go to my father and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.’ 20 And he rose up and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and felt compassion and, running, fell upon his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out the best robe and clothe him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf, slaughter it, and we will rejoice while eating it, 24 because this, my son, was dead and has come alive again, he was lost and was found.’ And they began to celebrate. Continue reading

Selected New Renditions available as Free Ebooks

We are happy to announce that New Renditions of the New Testament books Mark, Luke, First Corinthians, and Revelation are now available as free ebooks, as Kindle books at Amazon and on the Deseret Bookshelf e-reader.

These New Renditions come from the BYU New Testament Commentary volumes. They are modern English versions translated by Latter-day Saint scholars based on the most reliable Greek texts while taking into account the Joseph Smith Translation and the King James Version. They aim to be as close as possible to the way they were composed by their original writers. These renditions provide a new reading experience for people of all ages who want to embrace each of these New Testament writings.

The Gospel according to Mark: A New Rendition, by Julie M. Smith, at Amazon

The Testimony of Luke: A New Rendition, by Eric D. Huntsman and S. Kent Brown, at Amazon

Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians: A New Rendition, by Michael D. Rhodes and Richard D. Draper, at Amazon

The Revelation of John the Apostle: A New Rendition, by Michael D. Rhodes and Richard D. Draper, at Amazon

The Gospel according to Mark: A New Rendition, by Julie M. Smith, at Deseret Book

The Testimony of Luke: A New Rendition, by Eric D. Huntsman and S. Kent Brown, at Deseret Book

Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians: A New Rendition, by Michael D. Rhodes and Richard D. Draper, at Deseret Book

The Revelation of John the Apostle: A New Rendition, by Michael D. Rhodes and Richard D. Draper, at Deseret Book

The New Renditions of the books of Epistle to the Ephesians and the Epistle to the Hebrews are expected to be available later in January 2019.

 

S. Kent Brown Interview

S. Kent Brown was recently interviewed by Kurt Manwaring about his publications on the period between the Old and New Testaments.

Read the full interview here: http://fromthedesk.org/10-questions-s-kent-brown/

When Kurt asked how his research affected his feelings about the Savior, Dr. Brown replied, “I gained a deeper appreciation for what challenges Jesus was facing when trying to bring gospel truth to his hearers because I came to a firmer grasp of the often misguided traditions of his people and how those traditions gripped them.”

 

Los Angeles presentations October 2017

There will be two events in the Los Angeles area:

Friday, October 27, 7 pm, Saugus Building, 27405 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Saugus, CA 91350. There will be a lecture by two of our BYU New Testament Commentary committee. Richard Draper will present “Paul’s Testimony of the Living Christ.” Dr Draper is a co-author of our newest volume, Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. John Welch will present “Chiasmus in Scripture.”

Sunday, October 29, 7 pm, Los Angeles Temple visitors center, Richard Draper will give the same presentation, “Paul’s Testimony of the Living Christ.” 

 

Open House to celebrate the arrival of our First Corinthians volume

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, come visit with New Testament Commentary authors Richard Draper, Michael Rhodes, Julie Smith, John Welch, S. Kent Brown, and Eric Huntsman. Help us celebrate the arrival of our latest volume, Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, by Richard Draper and Michael Rhodes. Location: the Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB) in the Education in Zion Gallery, ground floor lobby on the east side of the building, by the spiral staircase. Light refreshments. For parking, this map shows several lots that are open to the public starting at 4 pm: http://map.byu.edu/ [select “Parking”]. We recommend the lot close by at the N. Eldon Tanner Building, Lots 40A and 40G. You do not need to be registered for Education Week to attend the open house. Authors Eric Huntsman, Julie Smith, and Richard Draper will be present Education Week classes on their books. Visit the Class Schedule for times and locations.

Who is Mark? What does the rest of the New Testament have to say about the author of Mark’s Gospel?

By Julie M. Smith

“Mark” was one of the most common male names in the Roman empire, so we cannot be sure that every reference to Mark in the New Testament is a reference to the same person. (Some scholars think it is likely—but still not certain—that all of references are to one person.[1]) With those caveats, here is what the New Testament references to Mark might suggest about the author of the Gospel:

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