Many Latter-day Saints find it difficult to appreciate the archaic King James language of the New Testament. The gospel writers presented their witnesses to an ancient audience whose customs are unfamiliar to readers today. Biblical scholarship has come a long way in clarifying cultural and historical backgrounds of scripture but most Mormons haven’t taken advantage of such work. Few Mormons, after all, pursue higher education in biblical studies. Julie M. Smith runs counter to this trend. She’s a Latter-day Saint with a master’s degree in biblical studies who recently published Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels. She joins us in this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast to discuss ways enrich Latter-day Saint study of the New Testament Gospels. About Julie M. Smith Julie M. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, with an MA in Biblical Studies. She is on the executive board of the Mormon Theology Seminar. She also blogs for Times & Seasons. She is editor of and contributor to Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21-22, forthcoming later this year from the Maxwell Institute. See her contributions to other Maxwell Institute publications here. ***** You can subscribe to the Maxwell Institute Podcast through iTunes or use the RSS feed maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/feed/podcast. Please help our podcast grow by rating and reviewing it in iTunes. Questions or comments about this and other episodes can be sent to email@example.com.