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New Year Review and Recommendations

With it being the end of the year and the Sabbath, I felt it would be worthwhile to go over some things I have used and read in the past year and recommend them to you. In addition, a few things I would recommend for this coming year as we pursue a study of the New Testament. Here is the list:

Who Shall Ascend Into the Hill of the Lord? The Psalms in Israels Temple Worship In the Old Testament and in the Book of Mormon

This is by far the best book I have read this year by Dr. LeGrand Baker and Dr. Stephen Ricks. I understand that the coming year's study is on the New Testament, but we have been commissioned to keep the Book of Mormon a part of our study as well. This book highlights the use of Psalms in ancient Israelite Temple worship and then proceeds to highlight the use of Psalms in the Book of Mormon. In short, the temple and its ordinances are abundant in the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Maxwell Institute Study Edition

This is another must-have for serious students of the Book of Mormon. Fresh off the printing press from The Maxwell Institute. I am currently navigating myself through it and there is so much to digest. It incorporates Royal Skousen's Book of Mormon Text project as well as the best and brightest LDS Scholars. I can't recommend it enough.

The New Testament: A Translation for Latter-day Saints

Here we have the must-have book for this coming year's study of the New Testament. Dr. Thomas Wayment has published through BYU's Religious Studies Center his 10+ year work on an LDS translation of the New Testament. The fresh translation will put the New Testament in a more narrative mode that makes it a ton easier to follow. It also has interesting translation differences from the KJV that can make many scriptures come to life. The notes contained in this volume are my favorite part. So much to uncover and learn in this one. For a preview, I quote from it in the following article: Bleeding from Every Pore: Christ's Blood Deleted by Early Christianity

Opening The Seven Seals

As you make your way through the New Testament and approach the end, to me, this is the best LDS commentary on the Book of  Revelation. Dr. Draper does a fantastic job at highlighting the symbols. This book was recommended to me about 5 years ago by a few people who worked in the Church Educational System. It is a great read.

There are other things that can be recommended as well, but these are the must-haves in my opinion.


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