A New Approach to Studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Unified Harmony of the Testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (Paperback) *Pre-Order
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Author: Lynn Rosenvall and David Rosenvall
A NEW APPROACH TO
STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES
The prophet Nephi declared to his people: And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. (2 Nephi 25:26) While considering ways of making the gospel of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the
books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John easier to understand, an unified harmony structure and a distinguishing format was devised. It was determined to include the
Joseph Smith Translation (JST) changes. The text formatting has been enhanced by adding wider margins for notes, two type sizes, and spaces between textual
subdivisions. These contextual enhancements are designed to help the reader visualize the context, speaker and doctrine of the scripture narrative. This unique harmony divides the text into 224 events or episodes. An event-based approach provides an alternate way to read the scripture text without the obvious intrusion of verse and chapter breaks which can obscure the narrative as it was originally written or even the continuity of doctrinal discourses. Short text headings in the margins indicate names of speakers, chronological dates, locational information and other scriptural references. These marginal annotations allow the reader to quickly and consistently place the narrative within “space” and “time.”
ABOUT THIS EDITION
Starting in the 1980s—as a father and son team—we developed and helped the Church publish the first online edition of the scriptures. Parallel to that project we considered ways to isolate doctrinal precepts by reformatting the scriptures for easier reading and pondering. We also investigated ways to go beyond merely searching electronically for words in the text. We quickly discovered these reformatted editions—emphasizing events rather than chapters—were our preferred way to study. More than two decades in the making, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” has been a labor of love. We are ever mindful of the long line of record keepers from Matthew to John to Joseph Smith who have made this edition possible.
We express appreciation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing a license to publish the text of the 2013 edition of the scriptures. For more information on other scripture-based publications see our website: www.StudyTheScriptures.com. We add our testimony to the millions before us that the four Gospels are a true account of Christ’s ministry, crucifixion and resurrection, and their preservation and translation came through the Lord’s direction and power. We also testify the Bible, along with other scripture, is a witness of Jesus Christ and contains the gospel doctrines of salvation that lead to joy and happiness.
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