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:


About the symposium:

The theme for the 2014 symposium will be The Ministry of Peter, the Chief Apostle, which sheds important light on the mission of the man whom Jesus himself referred to as “the rock.” Presentations will treat Peter’s cultural background and context, his role in the apostolic church, many of his noted teachings, and his important legacy in early Christianity and the Restoration. But above all, Peter is revealed as one who, through the atonement and the endowment of the spirit, overcame his own weaknesses to become one of the greatest and most powerful witnesses of the divinity, mission, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Since 1989, select papers from the Sperry Symposium have been co-published by Deseret Book and the Religious Studies Center at BYU. The entire printed collection represents the work of more than 275 authors producing more than 600 articles.

Texts from several past Sperry Symposia are available at no charge online. For example, from the 2012 symposium,


And this one from the 2011 symposium,


We thank BYU Religious Education for making these materials available.