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Upcoming New Testament Commentary Conference, and BYU Studies News
November 13, 2018
Special Feature
Upcoming New Testament Commentary Conference, and BYU Studies News
Author BYU Studies Staff,

The BYU New Testament Commentary group announces that they will hold a conference on January 26, 2019, at the Hinckley Alumni Center at BYU, Provo, Utah.

The conference is “In the Beginning Were the Words: A Closer Look at Key New Testament Terms.” Presenters are Julie M. Smith, Brent Schmidt, John W. Welch, Richard D. Draper, Eric D. Huntsman, Michael D. Rhodes, John Gee, and S. Kent Brown. Virginia Pearce will conduct. They will discuss significant words in the New Testament, how meaning changed over time, and what these words can tell us about Jesus’ message. A description of the presentations is available here.

The conference is free and open to the public and will be held from 9 am until 4 pm. No registration is required. A detailed schedule with times of presentations will be posted at the BYU New Testament Commentary website in coming days. A video will be made of the presentations and posted later on the NTC website.


Old Testament scholar Margaret Barker recently came to Utah. Videos of her presentations at BYU and Utah State University aren’t up yet, but here is a video of her presentation in Logan, Utah, about her research on Jordanian lead books.


The video of Royal Skousen’s lecture “The Nature of the Original Language,” about the earliest text of the Book of Mormon, is now available on video here.


An upcoming issue of BYU Studies Quarterly will include an article by Keith Erekson about a Book of Mormon that belonged to Elvis Presley. Erekson tells briefly about his research in this article in the Church News online: “Elvis Presley’s Copy of the Book of Mormon Ain’t Nothin’ but a Forgery, Church History Experts Say.”