Jared Anderson – An Academic Introduction to the New Testament

In this 5-part series from Mormon Stories Podcast, Brian Johnston (StayLDS.com) interviews Jared Anderson.  Jared is finishing his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on the Gospels and New Testament. Jared received an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah, where he majored in Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis in Hebrew, as well as learning Greek and Latin under Margaret Toscano. His honors thesis explored Joseph Smith’s study and use of languages.After graduating Magna cum Laude at the U of U, Jared completed his Master’s degree at UNC Chapel Hill with a thesis on the text of the Fourth Gospel in the writings of the third-century Church Father Origen of Alexandria. His dissertation will reconstruct and analyze the form of the Gospel of Mark used by the author of Matthew. Jared plans to continue to write academic and popular books about the formation, transmission, and translation of the Bible, spreading awareness of how this fascinating and influential anthology came to be.Jared currently teaches World Religions at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He is very interested in promoting an open, progressive, and vibrant approach to religion in general and Mormonism in particular, and has presented papers on these topics. He contributes on several groups and blogs, including the Mormon Stories and MO2.0 Facebook groups. He welcomes friends and communication in those forums.

Jared and his wife Katrina live in Salt Lake City with their five children: Olivia (11), Isaac (9), Grace (7), Asher (2) and Miriam (8 months). Jared is an active member and currently serves in the ward Sunday School Presidency.

This interview is broken into five parts:


Latest Comments

  1. Wonderdog says:

    I would appreciate it if you could use the type of player used in other Mormon Stories podcasts. I can play those even though we have a pretty harsh firewall policy. I can’t play or save the links you have here.


  2. Wonderdog says:

    I popped over to Mormon Stories and listened.
    Yes, I should have paid more attention.


  3. Wonderdog says:

    What study Bible do you recommend?


  4. Rick B says:

    Jared, I absolutely loved this interview, and I would love to be on your Sunday School panel sometime.


  5. angela says:

    Jared, did I understand you correctly that the gospel of Mark did not include the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, but that was written in later?


    • Jared Anderson says:

      It included the crucifixion, but not the resurrection. Mark originally ended at 16:8–so the young man said that Jesus would appear to the disciples in Galilee, but there is no actual resurrection appearances as there are in other gospels (and in the added verses of 16:9-20)


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