The Book of Mormon Versus the Consensus of Scholars: Surprises from the Disputed Longer Ending of Mark, Part 2

Abstract: Following the account of the ministry of Christ among the Nephites as recorded in the Book of Mormon, Christ gave a charge to His New World disciples (Mormon 9:22–25). These words are nearly like the commission of Christ to His apostles at the end of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:9–20). According to the general consensus of modern Bible scholars, Christ did not speak those words; they are a later addition. If so, this is a problem for the Book of Mormon. Fortunately, recent modern scholarship offers compelling reasons for overturning the old consensus against the longer ending of Mark. Some of the factors from modern scholarship that indirectly help overcome a potentially serious objection to and apparent weakness in the Book of Mormon also help us better appreciate its strength as we explore unifying themes derived from an ancient Jewish perspective. Part 1 of this two-part series looked at the evidence for the unity of Mark and the plausibility of Mormon 9:22–25. In Part 2, we examine further Book of Mormon implications from the thematic evidence for the unity of Mark. Continue reading

The Book of Mormon Versus the Consensus of Scholars: Surprises from the Disputed Longer Ending of Mark, Part 1

Abstract: Following the account of the ministry of Christ among the Nephites as recorded in the Book of Mormon, Christ gave a charge to His New World disciples (Mormon 9:22–25). These words are very similar to the commission of Christ to His apostles at the end of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:9–20). According to the consensus of modern Bible scholars, Christ did not speak those words; they are a later addition. If so, this is a problem for the Book of Mormon. Fortunately, recent modern scholarship offers compelling reasons for overturning the old consensus against the longer ending of Mark. Some of the factors from modern scholarship that indirectly help overcome a potentially serious objection to and apparent weakness in the Book of Mormon also help us better appreciate its strength as we explore unifying themes derived from an ancient Jewish perspective. In this Part 1 of a two-part series, we look at the evidence for the unity of Mark and the plausibility of Mormon 9:22–25. In Part 2 we examine further Book of Mormon implications from the thematic evidence for the unity of Mark. Continue reading

Scripture Roundtable 124: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26, “To This End Was I Born”

This is Scripture Roundtable 124 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #26, “To This End Was I Born,” focusing on scriptures in Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, and John 18-19, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2015 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Bruce Webster and Martin Tanner.

This roundtable is also available as an audio podcast, and will be included in the podcast feed. You can listen by pressing the play button or download the podcast below:

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Scripture Roundtable 123: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, “Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done”

This is Scripture Roundtable 123 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #25, “Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done,” focusing on scriptures in Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2015 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Kristine Frederickson, Benjamin McGuire, and Daniel Peterson.

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Scripture Roundtable 115: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17, “What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life?”

This is Scripture Roundtable 115 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss the New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #17, “What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life?” focusing on scriptures in Mark 10 and 12, and Luke 12, 14, and 16, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures. These roundtables will generally follow the 2015 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.

Panelists for this roundtable are Kristine Frederickson, Jeff Bradshaw, Ben McGuire, and Daniel Peterson.

This roundtable is also available as an audio podcast, and will be included in the podcast feed. You can listen by pressing the play button or download the podcast below:

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