In this two-part Mormon Matters episode, Taylor Petrey and Eric Huntsman join host Dan Wotherspoon to help ground the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the political, geographic, linguistic, and religious contexts of their times. What do we know (and not know!) about the authors of these texts, when they wrote, and their intended audiences? How are their gospels organized? Which covers which parts of the story? How are they similar and dissimilar in their portrayals of the texts’ central character, Jesus, known most often now by the term Christ (messiah), as well as regarding various other story details? Finally, how has knowing what they know about the origins of the early church and these texts changed the panelists’ perspectives—even their faith?
Episode 267 (Part 1) covers the ancient context, plus the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Episode 268 (Part 2) concentrates on the Gospel of John, as well as Christian faith in the light of scholarly inquiry
Please listen and then share your questions and reflections in the comments section below!
Recommended by panelists as affordable, good introductions to the New Testament:
Dale B. Martin, New Testament History and Literature (Yale University Press, 2012)
(Kindle Edition) Thomas A. Wayment, Eric D. Huntsman, Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament: An LDS Perspective (Deseret Book, 2006)