The New Testament Made Harder

by James E. Faulconer, The Neal A. Maxwell Institute at BYU

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Latter-day Saint philosopher James E. Faulconer’s Made Harder series raises many more questions than it answers. And that is precisely the point. Faulconer wrote The New Testament Made Harder on the premise that our scripture study is only as good as the questions we bring to the endeavor. While many books about the New Testament provide useful shortcuts, chapter synopses, timelines, and memorizable bullet points, this book consists almost entirely of challenging questions (with occasional commentary for clarity’s sake) because, in James Faulconer’s experience, questions themselves are the key to reflective and deep scripture study. This book is intended to make reading harder — and therefore fresher— by priming your mind with insightful study questions. The New Testament Made Harder is the perfect tool to improve personal and family scripture study, sacrament meeting talks, or Sunday school lessons.

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The Maxwell Institute both gathers and nurtures disciple-scholars. As a research community, the Institute supports scholars whose work inspires and fortifies Latter-day Saints in their testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and engages the world of religious ideas.

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By , Submitted on 2019-01-23

I love these study question guides! These questions help me see the scriptures in a new light and interpret and understand them in new ways. I don’t always have the answers, but it does make me think!

Best book available to improve Sunday school lessons!
By , Submitted on 2015-08-18

We've all sat in Sunday school lessons where the teacher asks a weak question and the whole class goes quiet because no one wants to repeat the obvious answer again. The reason I like "The New Testament Made Harder" is because it's full of questions that provoke inspirational and really lively discussions. Each chapter follows the Sunday school manual's lesson outline with questions that help you dig deeper. I know the Church discourages using outside sources to teach Sunday school because they might introduce strange or foreign ideas. Luckily, "The New Testament Made Harder" just offers more interesting questions to get class conversations rolling, so I feel fine using it to help me prepare my lessons. I also think seminary teachers would benefit from using these books as well. The could also help prepare sacrament meeting talks or family home evening lessons.

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