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The Third Hour Podcast

Welcome to the Third Hour, a Latter-Day Saint home study podcast!This year we're doing a deep dive into the New Testament. Some of our talking points will be familiar. Other ideas may sound new. That's okay! Together, we'll learn something about the New Testament no matter what our starting level.Every week, we'll let you know which verses we're studying. If you miss some reading, we'll recap what's going on. And don't worry about spoilers; this stuff is two thousand years old.

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#9. Parables of the Kingdom

This week on the Third Hour Podcast, Jesus teaches about the coming of the kingdom through parables. Join us as we discuss the parables of the sower, growing seed, tares, mustard seed, leaven, hidden treasure, pearl, and drawing in the net.

1hr 2mins

23 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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#1. The Mistakes of Men

As we begin the second season of the Third Hour Podcast, we talk about the title page of the Book of Mormon — and what we hope to accomplish over the coming year.

48mins

5 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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#8. The Sign of Jonah

This week on the Third Hour Podcast, Jesus answers a plea from John the Baptist, receives kind treatment from an unexpected guest, and foretells of the “Sign of Jonah.” 

1hr 21mins

17 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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#2. I, Nephi

The Third Hour Podcast goes back to the reign of King Zedekiah to discuss why someone might not want to stick around Jerusalem circa 600 BCE, the major themes of the Book of Mormon's first few chapters, and some thoughts on that elephant in the room.

58mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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#46. The End of All Things

In this cheery episode of the Third Hour Podcast, we investigate the first eleven chapters of the Apocalypse of John, better known as the Book of Revelation, and discuss the book's authorship, the number seven, and a whole lot of scary cataclysmic symbolism.

40mins

10 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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#28. Persecutions and Converts

In the decade following the ascent of Jesus, this small movement of disciples and believers grows from a cult to a community, from a Way to a Church, from nameless to Christianity — and faces stiff opposition from both within and without.

1hr 33mins

7 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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#48. Benedictions

As the Third Hour Podcast concludes the New Testament, we discuss what we've learned along the way.

1hr 5mins

24 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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#41. The Pastoral Epistles

The Pastoral Epistles — 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus — are short but difficult to decode, in part because of the ways they diverge from the rest of the Pauline Epistles. Join the Third Hour Podcast as we discuss what's good, bad, and in between about some of the New Testament's most controversial inclusions.

1hr 11mins

6 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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#30. The Apostolic Council

As Gentile converts flood into the fledgling Christian church, questions about adherence to the Law of Moses threaten to become points of division and contention. Peter, Paul, and other leaders gather in Jerusalem to formulate a response, resulting in two very different accounts — one in Acts, the other in Paul's Epistle to the Galatians.

1hr 21mins

20 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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#32. Corinth

As Paul completes one missionary journey and begins another, he receives distressing news from the congregation he founded in Corinth — and begins one of his most difficult epistles yet. Join the Third Hour Podcast as we investigate Acts 18-19 and the first six chapters of 1 Corinthians!

1hr 18mins

3 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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#29. An Epistle of Straw

This week, the Third Hour Podcast takes a look at the Epistle of James, its place in history, what it's arguing and why, and some useful tools for decoding the epistles in general.

1hr 8mins

13 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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#19. The Kingdom Is Within You

As the narrative of Luke's Gospel merges with those of Matthew and Mark, the Third Hour Podcast discusses some hard parables about wealth, the rich young man's question, and the architecture of gates in Jerusalem.

1hr 5mins

5 May 2019

Rank #12

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#13. Greatness in the Kingdom

This week on the Third Hour Podcast, Jesus offers an unexpected answer to the question, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" and offers instruction on proper behavior in the church that will bear his name.

59mins

24 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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#31. An Uproar in Thessalonica

Paul's second missionary journey takes him to Greece, where he spends some time in prison, preaches about the unknown god of Athens, and sends two epistles to the converts in Thessalonica. Join the Third Hour Podcast as we investigate the particulars of Paul's journey and the ways these epistles answer the questions of the Thessalonians — and raise a few new ones.

1hr 19mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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#21. The Great Commandment

This week on the Third Hour Podcast, Jesus defends against multiple traps in the temple, discussing parables of authority and questions about Caesar's tax, resurrection, and the great commandment.

1hr 6mins

19 May 2019

Rank #15

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#42. Hebrews, Part One: Pantocrator

Nestled within the Epistle to the Hebrews is one of the Bible's greatest mysteries. Although this represents some of the finest writing in the entire New Testament, featuring educated language, a developed Christology, and concise rhetorical arguments, the epistle itself is anonymous. On the Third Hour Podcast, we discuss the first six chapters of this landmark work, including possible authors, what it represents to Christianity and Latter-day Saints, and the ways it portrays Jesus Christ.

1hr

13 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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#22. Olivet

This week on the Third Hour Podcast, Jesus delivers a discourse on the Mount of Olives, which includes the desolating sacrilege, the parable of good and wicked servants, and the parable of the ten bridesmaids.

1hr 5mins

26 May 2019

Rank #17

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#33. All Things to All People

Continuing the First Epistle to the Corinthians, the Third Hour Podcast discusses Paul's take on marriage, sexuality, women, unity, spiritual gifts, and resurrection.

1hr 30mins

11 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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#4. Five Controversies

As Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee, he performs numerous miracles — and attracts escalating controversy in the process. Join the Third Hour Podcast as we inspect both the miracles and the discussions surrounding them.

1hr 13mins

20 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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#27. Something Ends, Something Begins

As the Gospels conclude and Jesus ascends into heaven, the apostles must now decide how to proceed with building the church and awaiting the return of their Messiah.

1hr 1min

30 Jun 2019

Rank #20