002: Julie M. Smith—Revised Book on the Gospels; Harmonizing Hermeneutics vs. Critical Scholarship

002_Julie-M-SmithIn her newly published revision of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels, Julie M. Smith invites readers to engage the gospels devotionally by asking questions critically. In our podcast, Julie elaborates on the benefits she sees in this approach. We also discuss the pitfalls of ignoring the assessments and conclusions of Bible scholars. Julie skillfully articulates why she believes biblical scholarship can help fortify rather than harm faith.

She comes to the discussion well prepared with an MA in biblical studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, CA. She is also a member of the steering committee for the BYU New Testament Commentary series and is writing the commentary on Mark. A prolific blogger, Julie’s posts can be found across the Bloggernacle.

(Intro and outro music: “History Song” performed by The Good, the Bad, & the Queen from their eponymous album.)


2 comments for “002: Julie M. Smith—Revised Book on the Gospels; Harmonizing Hermeneutics vs. Critical Scholarship

  1. January 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Another fantastic interview, Brent. Thanks for the good work here, I can only hope that faithful intellectuals like Julie Smith find more platforms to share their thoughts and insights with the broader Mormon community going forward. Maybe someday it will be incorporated into the curriculum. I know a secular eduction in biblical criticism went a long way for me after my mission. Julie makes a great point in discussing what is lost when scripture is limited to a harmonizing theological perspective. Not only can it skew history, but you lose the individual voices that authored those particular versions of the sacred narrative, each with their own unique priorities and emphasis.

  2. Booker Preston
    January 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Finally a knowledgeable understandable biblical LDS scholar! A small step for mankind a giant step for Mormondumb….

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