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Christ and The New Covenant

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Introducing a major new doctrinal work written by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland who shares his apostolic witness of the central figure of the Book of Mormon — the Lord Jesus Christ. For most of a decade, Elder Holland has read the Book of Mormon repeatedly and thoroughly, focusing on all references to the Savior and his teachings. The result is an intelligent observation and th

Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published (first published 1997)
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May 07, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it fair to give a church book only 3 stars? I love Jeffrey R. Holland. His conference talks are always so inspiring to me. I picked up this book a couple of years ago, and well it's taken me about that long to get through this book. I love how basic and simple the principles are in this book. A person who is investigating the church could read this book and truly have a better understanding of the Book of Mormon, that the Book of Mormon is truly all about our Savior Jesus Christ. I loved that ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This amounts to a running commentary on the Book of Mormon by the Apostle, Jeffrey Holland. It is more or less a sequential treatment, but is broken up by topics related to Christ. While a very fine book, the phrase that came to me in retrospect was Nephi's personal assessment that "neither am I mighty in writing, like unto speaking." Holland, who is unarguably mighty in speaking (perhaps the best among all the Brethren) has done a commendable job, but I was neither moved or enlightened to the e ...more
Dense reading. It took me a while to get comfortable with his writing style. I often had to re-read entire sections. Though this could be my failing, not his.

I read about 100 pages before I decided that this book would be best used as a reference book, a supplement, or one of those books where you read a chapter a week.

His insights, however, were fantastic. I will never read the story of the brother of Jared the same way again. Amazing.

I wouldn't mind owning this book, but I can't imagine readi
Feb 13, 2008 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am re-reading this book again because I think it is one of the best ever written concerning the Book of Mormon. Though it is not a "commentary" on the Book or Mormon, it provides the reader with a different perspective on how to approach it. With Elder Holland's insights compounded with a powerful testimony, it is one that stands out on my bookshelf and I'd recommend it to anyone.
David Armstrong
Feb 05, 2010 David Armstrong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know what the Book of Mormon says about Christ
Wow! A powerful testimony of Christ, the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith. The whole book is awesome, but the final chapter in which Elder Holland bears his testimony is magnificent. As I read the entire book, I could hear Elder Holland's distinctive voice in my mind. It was like he was reading the book to me. It was a marvelous experience.
Jan 25, 2012 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was given to me by my parents almost 10 years ago. My dad said he walked into the bookstore and couldn't even consider another book. It's message and Elder Holland's testimony have come to me many times in the years since I received it. I wouldn't consider it a cover to cover read. This, in my opinion, is meant to be a companion to your study of The Book of Mormon.
Feb 05, 2010 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey R. Holland is amazing. He opens up so many doors in the Book of Mormon! He has the ability to make the scriptures so personal, making the Book of Mormon that much warmer a read.
Micah Grant
Jul 17, 2015 Micah Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gospel
Very thorough exposition of the Book of Mormon. Lots of insights from a lifetime of study.
Enlightening. It contains the scriptures of many passages, but adds an apostle's insight.
Jun 02, 2017 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has read the Book of Mormon numerous times, I was amazed at how much new I learned about that book from Elder Holland. He gives a grand overview of the Book of Mormon in a way that is hard to pick out from a typical read of the Book of Mormon, and beautifully highlights how both the teachings and the symbolism throughout the Book of Mormon are centered on Jesus Christ. I even obtained an answer to one of my long-held questions from reading Elder Holland's book. I would highly reco ...more
Jun 14, 2017 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
To me, it was a regurgitation of basic information. Nothing new or insightful. It was like a history book spouting dates and facts without a storyline or appeal to personal application to pull me into WHY these dates and facts matter to me. Maybe it got better further in, but I wasn't willing to invest the time to find out. This was not at ALL consistent with the exceptional teaching style I've come to expect from Elder Holland.
Jason Smith
Mar 02, 2017 Jason Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elder Holland has the gift of taking a subject and making it accessible and enjoyable. I enjoy his talks as well as his books. I often find myself reading a section and then pondering what I have read and making notations in my scriptures of ideas from his books and talks. It takes longer to get through them, but I find that I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Feb 16, 2009 Janene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it's probably been said before, I'll say it again. This book is like a personal study of the Book of Mormon, only this time you've got Elder Jeffrey R. Holland by your side. The man knows how to express himself. His final chapter, Affirmation, is astounding.

I found this a perfect Sunday read, it seemed that about half of the Book of Mormon is quoted therein (minus the war stuff). As the title implies, it is dedicated to the study of Christ, references to Him, prophecies of Him, the appea
Elizabeth Gardner Johnson
Jeffrey R. Holland writes, "The principal and commanding figure in the Book of Mormon, from first chapter to last, is the Lord Jesus Christ. In its unparalleled focus on the Messianic message of the Savior of the World, the Book of Mormon is rightly referred to as God's 'new covenant' with the house of Israel. It is literally a new testament or 'another testament' of Jesus Christ."

In his preface, Elder Holland shares with the reader that this book is the result of several years of private study.
Sep 27, 2010 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey R. Holland is fantastic and scholarly, and much of his book is on par with his conference talks. I really learned a lot from the first chapters in particular. I loved his discussion of the the Brother of Jared. From that chapter, I learned the difference between preparatory faith and redemptive faith, and that one definition of faith is to agree unconditionally and in advance to whatever conditions God may require (now and later). I also felt Elder Holland's intense personal testimony in ...more
Joe Meservy
Excellent book and commentary on the Book of Mormon. Elder Jeffrey R Holland draws out brilliant points about the legitimacy and incredible history of the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ. For instance, the book begins with three testimonies by three men who actually saw the Savior -- Nephi, Lehi, and Jacob. It later ends with three testimonies by one man, Moroni, who has seen the Savior. This juxtaposition is strong because it keeps with the principle of by the mouths of thre ...more
Aug 01, 2014 tm1906 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mormonismo
My reaction to the book is almost identical to this reader's review. I would only add that the style Elder Holland writes in almost mimics his public speaking style that we have come to love in general conference and other settings.

In my opinion, it doesn't translate well, however, into a 400+ page book. That's what made it a little difficult to read. But at times Elder Holland's impassioned testimony of the power of the BOM and of the its testimony of Christ does offer the reader some wonderf
Alan Marchant
Jul 12, 2009 Alan Marchant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Testament of Jesus Christ

"This volume is meant to be more like a meditation upon scripture than a work of scholaship. . . . From the beginning it was intended to be a study of the Book of Mormon's contributions to our understanding of Christ."

I generally don't enjoy devotional books; I prefer to read scripture, honest history, or personal narrative. But Elder Holland is among the very best writers (and speakers) in the Mormon church. His style is clear and literate, with little of the bo
Sirpa Grierson
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is a marvelous writer. This took me well over a year to read, as it is meant to be pondered or as Sir Francis Bacon said, "digested," and is one of the classics that I will reach for over and over. It is a masterpiece in its comprehension of key doctrines of the Book of Mormon and how they point to Jesus Christ and the New Covenant. Some of my favorite chapters were on types and shadows and the Law of Moses, the relationship between the Father and the Son, Moroni's eluci ...more
May 21, 2015 Nolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
I'm a bit nonplussed as to why I've not heard more about the book over the years. It is a well-organized easy-to-read and logical book that inextricably connects the Book of Mormon to Jesus Christ. In fact, so well does the author manage to make that connection that I came away with new thoughts about the inseparability of the book from its primary subject.

If you read nothing from this book other than the last chapter, you will still be well served, so powerful and moving is the author's convict
Jul 01, 2009 Summers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished this one finally. It was well worth it. Very worth it! I love the way Elder Holland has focused on different aspects and pulled together the references all centered on what we can learn of Christ. Recommend to all. And will be useful to refer to and maybe even re-read in the future.

One of my favorite quotes (ideas) he brought out is that we know very little about Jesus' life before his mission but only that He "grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God w
Dec 27, 2011 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for ALL members of the Church, new and very established. Do not read it thinking there is just commentary. Elder Holland spends the entire book showing how the scriptures mesh one with another. He uses the same scripture in several places and themes throughout the book. It reads more like Marion G Romney than Thomas S Monson. But by the time you are finished with it, you have a much better understanding of how the Book of Mormon is truly "Another Testament of Jesus Chri ...more
A piece of me feels a little bad that I'm not giving this book a higher rating because of how much I like hearing Holland speak. On the other hand, much of this book is direct quoting of the Book of Mormon. It serves its purpose, to indicate with some commentary from Holland how the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ, but through much of the book I didn't feel like I was getting anything different than if I were to just open my scriptures and read on my own.

There were a few parts that I r
Sep 03, 2010 kelley rated it it was amazing
In this book Elder Holland expounds on the teachings concerning Christ that are contained in the Book of Mormon. I feel inadequate to express how I feel about this book. It is deep and profound. For me it was like dipping a cup in the ocean and that's how much I took away from this work and yet that small amount lifted me, taught me and opened my heart and my understanding. My testimony and love for Jesus Christ has increased exponentially!! I would recommend this book to any who would like to t ...more
Oct 14, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to draw nearer to Christ
Shelves: christ-centered
A second time through this book was almost as insightful as the first. I especially loved the section on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The clear discussion of moral agency, opposition in all things, the Fall, natural man, probationary state, unconditional gifts, conditional gifts and being spiritually born of God, gave us a great direction for our Family Home Evening discussions and activities for several weeks.

I also loved the insights I gained from the chapter called "Types and Shadows: The
Jun 12, 2010 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OBVIOUSLY... it's Jeffrey R. Holland = it was amazing. But I think that's what I missed about it... there wasn't enough of HIM; of Elder Holland. The majority of text was quoted scripture and wasn't HIS words. And of course, that is how he intended it to be, but I was truly excited for this book because it was written by him.

Favorite Discoveries: The Discussion of the Brother of Jared: Rending the Veil of Unbelief Chapter

And also the discussion of the scripture: 2 Nephi 31:5 'strait AND straight
Jared Gillins
Feb 12, 2013 Jared Gillins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This is more or less like reading Elder Holland's scripture study journal from the Book of Mormon. It is full of great insights and I feel like I gained a better understanding of some things regarding the Book of Mormon's teachings of Christ.

I would definitely say that this book ought to be read by those who are already very familiar with the actual Book of Mormon text. If you want to know what the Book of Mormon teaches about Jesus Christ, read the Book of Mormon first. Then read it again, and
Apr 25, 2012 Talmage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to Christ and the New Covenant as a complementary book to "Jesus the Christ," by James E Talmage. The latter being a look at Christ through the New Testament (mostly) and the former through the "New Covenant" or Book of Mormon. Both written by Apostles, they both offer great insights into the depth that these two books give to Christ's being. However, they differ in that the book "Jesus the Christ" deals a lot with the culture and times that Jesus lived in. "Christ and the New C ...more
There's a LOT, and I mean a LOT of stuff packed into this book. A lot. And for me the audio format worked really well because I've always learned by listening more than anything else. Plus, I love Elder Holland's voice anyway. I did, however, feel like I had to listen to several of the chapters more than once. I think this is a book that I would also like in hard copy so it's easier to reference for lessons and talks and stuff.

Did it change my life? Mmm... probably not, but I think there are a n
May 31, 2010 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book! It is like studying the Book of Mormon with Elder Holland. He taught me so much more about the Book of Mormon! I even reread some of the chapters just to glean more information, and I will probably just start reading it all over again as I restart reading the BofM. I loved his writing, it is very readable and interesting.(sometimes I have trouble getting into some doctrinal books, but not this one.) I found this to be awesome in the truest sence of the word.
I especi
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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 23 June 1994. At the time of this call, Elder Holland was serving as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, to which he had been called on 1 April 1989. A native of St. George, Utah, he has spent most of his professional life in Church education. He receiv ...more
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“The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion primarily because it is the most extended and definitive witness we have of the Lord Jesus Christ--of our Alpha and Omega, the Key Stone, the Chief Cornerstone of the eternal gospel. Christ is our salvation, and the Book of Mormon declares that message unequivocally to the world. In its message of faith in Christ, hope in Christ, and charity in Christ, the Book of Mormon is God's "new covenant" to his children--for the last time.” 3 likes
“In our own day He has said, "The whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin." by and large the modern world has not come unto Him, has not accepted the atonement of Jesus Christ, has not received the voice of His prophets, has not made covenants or kept His commandments, has not remembered Him always or claimed the promises of exaltation in the kingdom of heaven. So He has offered us one last covenant, given us one last testament, as part of His final outreach to fallen man. He has offered us one last written witness of His love and His mercy extended for the final time, speaking dispensationally. As one Book of Mormon prophet foresaw it, God is sending laborers into the vineyard one final time, and "then cometh the season and the end." That testament and culminating witness, that "new covenant" offered to the children of men but once more, is the message of the Book of Mormon.” 0 likes
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