A few years back in college (January 2011) I read a book called “Jesus the Christ” by James E. Talmage. It’s well known among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commenting on scriptures that affirm Christ’s role as Redeemer from the creation onward, with the majority of the text focused on His mortal ministry.
What made reading it so meaningful wasn’t the book itself, but first reading the source, followed by Talmage’s commentary. This gave me an opportunity to read the Gospels in harmony and get a better picture of the order of events in Christ’s ministry. However, correlating the source material in the New Testament to the commentary in Talmage wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
To my friends it’s no surprise that the result of me confronting this challenge was creating a spreadsheet. To make it I started with the Gospel Harmony found in the Bible Dictionary of the LDS printing of the King James Bible. I would read a section from “Jesus the Christ” taking note of the scriptures it referenced, then would mark the corresponding section of the harmony with the section of Talmage’s work.
For the most part the scriptures referenced by Talmage and those noted in the Gospel Harmony corresponded well, but there were some differences both in events specifically referenced and which verses corresponded to a given event. Also, not all verses of the Gospels were included in either the Harmony or “Jesus the Christ.” I’ve done my best to pick what I felt was the best fit of verses to sections in Jesus the Christ, and have added verses to sections that were otherwise unreferenced.
After heavy revisions and a few months time, the final result can be downloaded as a .pdf here:
If the reader studies every verse associated with each chapter of Talmage’s work cited in the chart, he or she will complete an entire reading of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I hope that this is as useful to readers hoping to better understand the life of Christ as it was for me in putting it together.
Comment below if you have any feedback or questions! My next step in developing this will be to just have it as a website itself, with links directly to the content. Check back for updates.