Robert J. Matthews, Orem, Utah: Granite Publications, 1994, 6x9.25" hardbound, 285 pages.
This book takes a remarkably insightful look at the New Testament, with special emphasis on the Saviors ministry. Its unusual power springs from the author's use of the inspirational resources of Restoration scripture, Joseph Smith's teachings, and particularly the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.
Thus the story emphasizes the premortal life. It moves quickly to John the Baptist, the Lord's forerunner and herald. Then, from the Christ child's birth to the Redeemer's death and glorious resurrection, the author follows the Lord's ministry, highlighting the major issues and events, explaining and clarifying the traditional record. He explores the calling of the Twelve Apostles and shows which parts of the "Sermon on the Mount" were directed specifically to them and which they were to teach to the people. He discusses each recorded miracle-the occasion, the purpose, and so on-and examines the parables, demonstrating clearly why the Savior taught in this form. He shows how skillfully Jesus taught ordinary people and how he handled hypocritical Jewish leaders, and explains the sacred happenings on the Mount of Transfiguration. And there is much more.
Also covered is the interesting situation of the Church after the Savior's ascension, including Paul's conversion, his missionary methods, and the Church's dilemma over Jewish Christians and their continued loyalty to the old law that had been fulfilled in Christ.
The author's gospel scholarship and knowledge of the Joseph Smith Translation make this a fascinating work and a valuable reference book on New Testament topics. Two thousand years ago Andrew joyfully told his brother, Simon, "We have found the Messiah,...the Christ." The process of finding Christ and coming unto Him can be much enhanced by this landmark book.
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