Any book, including the scriptures must be viewed on at least two levels to be fully understood. We might say the macroscopic level and the microscopic. The macroscopic is to understand context, general themes, primary arguments, purpose, and overall structure. The microscopic is to understand the specialized vocabulary, idioms, word usage, examples, and components of arguments. These two ideas are the foundation for all scholarship. Beyond these two lies personal application or what might be termed criticism in literary circles. The gospels, my current project, create a unique opportunity that in a sense combines the macro and micro concepts of study. By placing the gospels side by side one has the opportunity for verse by verse comparisons while seeing a greater context presented between the gospels as a whole.
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
Draft of The MMLJ Testament and The Conversion of Andrew, Simon, Philip, James, John, and Nathaniel
The Savior taught, "blessed are the poor in spirit" (Matt.5:3) and "blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness" (Matt 5:6). Many of us hunger for the spiritual nourishment provided by the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets. The purpose of this site, and the projects described therein is to promote and enhance the faith promoting study of the scriptures. The focus is not to interpret the scriptures, create cheat notes, or create reliance upon so-called experts, but to enhance one's own ability to understand the scriptures, to foster one's own scholarship, and become expert in reading for one´s self. This is about "feasting on the scriptures".
Just as Jesus said in the Beatitudes, blessed are the poor and the hungry. We would like readers to enjoy Bellville's Gospel Harmony to further educate yourself spiritually.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016
Publication by Justin Bellville of A Gospel Harmony for LDS Readers on Amazon (click here)
Shine in the love of God's grace, every day.
At Gospel Harmony, it's our mission to help you explore your relationship with reading the JST and KJV, a parallel with the Sermon on the Mount, and parallel Joseph Smith Matthew.