Well-known expert on the Joseph Smith Translation dies at 82
Just learned of Bro. Matthews passing. I became acquainted with him at BYU
Administrative offices of Seminary and Institutes of Religion. He was a
wonderful man that I admire so very much. Best wishes to all his family.
I became acquainted with Robert Matthews from watching the BOM discussions on
the BYU channel and lectures on KBYU. While listening to his speak, I always
felt the holy spirit in his talks. I will really miss Brother Matthews and the
love and kindness and patience he exuberated in his presence. My prayers are
with his family and extended relatives and friends and church family. God
Bless. Sis Greer, Fairfield Ward, Cinc, Oh
I'm saddened to hear about his passing. Although I've only known him thru BYUTV
his influence in my life has been great. I'm thankful for his work. Prayers are
going out for his family.
BYU Education Week and BYU Broadcasting introduced me to this marvelous teacher
and I still listen to BYU Broadcasting trying to hear all his talks/messages.
Hearing them twice thrice or 20-fold, you always learn something new. He spoke
in manner of full intelligence, but I needed (still need) the repetition to
learn even more. May we learn how...to live up to our potential..for we have all
been promised many blessings we seem to ignore. Well, I can only speak of me in
that area. Bro Matthews ..we will miss you. God Speed.
There is a family in Cincinnati who is saddened with the passing of Brother
Matthews. Our only contact was through BYU-TV.
I have also learned much from Brother Mathews while watching his BYU-TV
scriptural round-table discussions. I wish I could have taken a class from him
also. He and the others who provide this service for us are great scholars and
followers of Jesus Christ. My sincere condolences go out to his family. Thank
you for sharing him with us.
I will truly miss Bro Mathews- His association with Pres Monson, Elder Packer &
others- Elder B R McConkie our mission President in 1960'shows the spirit
these men had while working on ourNew LDS Scriptures 1979 I well remember
the dayswhen we didn't quote the JST - Elder McConkie'slet's do it
attitude - Bro Mathews 15 years to accomplish having access to the original
documents of the JST shows us the humility of these men in performing the Lord's
Work Line upon Line. BYU - LDS Scripture Study & Lectures by Bro Mathews
will be cherished for me eternally.New Mexico & California
Brother Matthews was such a good example to all. He loved his Savior and lived
what he believed. The world is a better place because of him. He will be missed!
My husband and I became acquainted with Bro. Matthews through the BYU-TV
scripture classes. We loved his knowledge and are grateful to him for histime and education. Thank you to the family for sharing him so many times.
We send our deepestsympathies at this difficult time.
I had the pleasure to enjoy brother matthews during byu bible study.My thoughts
and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed
The Old Testament class I had from Brother Matthews was the most interesting and
enlightening class I have ever taken.
I've known Brother Matthews since I was a small child. My parents and Bob and
Shirley were dear friends and thus our families spent a lot of time together.
He is one of the most Christlike people I've ever known. Never, in all the time
I've known him, have I heard an unkind word from him. His example has shaped
and continues to shape my life.
Brother Matthews was a dear friend of mine. I took his History and Contribution
of the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) in 1978 and repeated it several times over
the next couple of years. My interest in the JST grew over time.I
had the honor of traveling to the Reorganied Church of Jesus Christ (later
renamed the Community of Christ) Archives in Independence, MO in the 2002.
Together Brother Matthews and I noted all the characteristics in the original
manuscripts. Eventually we gained the confidence of the Community of Christ and
Brother Matthews along with Kent P. Jackson, were permitted to publish the first
verbatim transcription (published by BYU’s Religious Studies Center in
2004) of the JST.Heavenly Father and Our Savior Jesus Christ have
gained one of most faithful men in this dispensation. May his family and friends
be blessed with his passing. Rest in peace Brother Matthews, we will miss
(JST John:1,1)"In the beginning was the *gospel.?(KJV John:1,1)"In the
beginning was the Word.I wrote Dr. Matthews(20 years ago) about this
an many other significant issues of the JST. no responce.No wonder it is
not a standard work.
Stop apologizing! This comment section is NOT a "tribute"! Anyone who thinks it
IS and therefore thinks questions and answers and doctrinal discussions are
somehow "off topic" is a hero-worshipping fool!This man was involved
with the LDS version of the Bible. That has HUGE doctrinal implications. A
discussion of LDS doctrinal problems and such is absolutely relevant. If all you
want is comments extolling the virtues of this man and making him seem larger
than life and more perfect than he really was, then go to the mortuary's page
and leave your adulation there.This is a public forum and should be
treated as such. People should be able to comment honestly and openly without
limiting their comments to worshiping this guy.Are we clear on this
Thank you for explaining that. The KJV would say the part about
Jesus having brothers means Mary had more kids. The Catholic version might point
out that the original translation means kin which may or may not be "brothers"
but "cousins" and that it could also include the posibility Joseph had children
from a previous marriage. We know so little about him. It makes sense that the
LDS version would have footnotes explaining the translations with respect to LDS
beliefs. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me that there is a version specifically
for LDS. Sorry to turn the tribute into a Q&A.
. It contains footnotes; Example (Hebrews 5:7 JST)"*Who in the days of the his
flesh when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and
tears unto him that was able to save him from death,and was heard in that he
feared. (JST)*footnote,The 7th verse alludes to Melchzedek and not to
Christ.(KJV)* footnotes This is Christ. No wonder it's not a
mormons actually have your own version of the bible? i thought you used the
regular bible and the book of mormon. what am I missing? which bible is right?
Bro Matthews was my seminary teaher in Soda Springs. I sat in the front seat at
his right, by his request (to keep my attention). I thank him to this day for
the things he taught and his fine spirit in all he did. I saw him a few years
at one of his lectures and it was like comming home...
What makes the LDS-KJV unique are the following:(1) It contains
chapter summaries of all chapters in the Bible. These summaries can be
criticized as having an LDS bias. (2) It contains footnotes to
scripture and doctrine exclusive to the LDS faith: Namely, The Book of Mormon,
the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price.(3) It contains
The Joseph Smith Translation as both footnotes and in its appendixes.***While it may be true that the KJV is preserved in its original
format in the LDS-KJV; it is also true that an LDS-KJV leaves an impressionable
reader with a Biblical understanding that coheres with LDS beliefs and
doctrines; many LDS beliefs and doctrines are not accepted by traditional, more
mainstream Christian churches.
Example of change:KJV: 2nd Sam.12:13 13 And David said unto Nathan,
I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath
put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.JST: 2nd Sam.12:13 And David
said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David,
The LORD also hath not put away thy sin that thou shalt not die.Googling the keywords "Joseph Smith Translation" will give you the official
Kyle:"In your "Lectures on Faith" class from Brother Matthews, did
he accurately point out the complete contradiction in Godhead theology the
Lectures contain compared to the Standard Works? "In our class, we
discussed the question on whether that statement contradicts other statements
and witnesses about the nature of the Godhead. Yes, we did discuss that issue,
but we didn't come to the same conclusion you do that it is in direct
contradiction. No, I don't have the time or the inclination to go
through why. I would prefer not to make this eulogy into a theological debate.
That is a subject better suited to a forum like a theological discussion blog,
or better, a discussion. Plus, I don't have my copy of "Lectures on Faith" and
the scriptures together with me to go through it.In any case,
lectures on faith is not the topic of this thread. Another time, another topic.
My husband, Carl, and I knew Bro. Matthews and his family in Los Angeles many
years ago. We met him through the UCLA Institute and UCLA Ward. My sincere
condolences go to his family. What a kind and sincere man with great
Bro. Matthews was a neighbor and a friend to my parents these last 30 years. I
appreciated watching the kind, loving, tender and humorous report they had with
each other. He was truly a thoughtful man who had others' well-being as his
interest. He was loved and will be greatly missed. With all the deep knowledge
he had of the gospel and the Savior, he not only taught it, but lived it. I
hope to see him again some day. My love goes to his family in this time of
sadness. I pray the Lord to be with you to comfort you.
Can you give me an example of a minor change? What I mean to say but
am not expressing well are they changes in the style of writing or are sections
more detailed for lack of a better word?
It's sad to hear of Brother Matthews passing.He was a great
inspiration. Took a class from him at BYU back in the 1970's and the class had
a small number of students so Brother Matthews held it around a "discussion"
table. There was about 10 of us. That class was focused on the JST (the Joseph
Smith Translation of the Bible).Saw Brother Matthews leading a
Gospel Discussion Group on BYU-TV yesterday morning on the New Testament. He
along with 3 other teachers from BYU were sitting around a smaller table for the
discussion on the TV. Those Gospel Discussion Groups on BYU-TV are a great
source for Spiritual Enrichment.Brother Matthews did an excellent
job as teacher of the class that I took in the 70's!! He was a Class
Act!!I'm sure his teaching skills will be put to good use on the
other side of the veil....
To Alex,In your "Lectures on Faith" class from Brother Matthews, did
he accurately point out the complete contradiction in Godhead theology the
Lectures contain compared to the Standard Works? Did he explain how that can
happen at the hands of a "prophet" like Joseph Smith?
I don't get it. Outside of Utah and the Mormon community, anyone who
"interprets" their own version of the bible is called a "kook". I
was born and raised in the church, but in California, where we have to learn to
live by people who are not of our faith. After moving to Utah, the culture shock
was huge, and my family was treated as "outsiders" because we apparently didn't
have enough "faith" to live in Utah I guess.I imagine the man did
his best to do good by his name and other men. But I really don't see how this
is more newsworthy than any other person who has died. News is
supposed to bring to our attention things that will either make or break our
lives, depending on our reaction to it. News these days just seems to focus on
everything BUT the most important things.Where is our news to report
on the abuses of government? Where is the call to action? This might
be "church news" worthy, but ALL press has a responsibility to report things
without bias for the position of the reader or the paper.RIP though.
At BYU, I took "Lectures on Faith" from Brother Matthews. I love those lectures
and Brother Matthews helped our classes to be filled with the Spirit. I will always remember with fondness his kind manner. He didn't display his
learning to be seen of men, but modestly and plainly taught the truths contained
in those lectures. He was very helpful to students.Over the years
since, I have heard his scriptural commentary on BYU TV. His solid
unembellished testimony of the restored Gospel is readily apparent. Personally, I will miss him. I extend my condolences to his
family. It is hard to lose a husband, a father, a grandfather as great as he
was. The spirit world has gained a jewel.
According to Dr. Robert J Matthews,the inspired version has over 3,410 changes
by Joseph Smith.A large re-write of Genesis and there is an additional 12
chapters. (JST Gen 50:33) is a prophecy about Joseph Smith)
JST"It doesn't include anymore or less book than the KJV." JST does not include
,Song of Solomon, they are not inspired writing, Robert J Matthews, Joseph
Smiths Bible corrections p19.(editor)
President Robert J. Matthews was the first president of the Mount Timpanogos
temple. He and his counselors and the matrons set a very spiritual, loving tone
to the temple worship. Both my husband and I loved working with each of them.
It was an honor and a joy that we cherish.Kayra and Dennis Dobbin
Robert J Matthews gave us was confirming the Prophecy of Joseph in (JST
Gen:50,33) and the Propehcy of the BoM in (JST 29:14)"But the book wii be
delivered unto man, Verse 16..." by the power of Christ",Verse 17 ...Three
witnesses shall behold." "A Marvelous Work and Wonder"
King James Version is the same as the LDS version. It includes the same books.
This is what LDS members use as their "official" Bible. The JS Translation is
derived from the KJV, and includes the same books, with mostly minor changes
throughout. It doesn't include any more or less books than the KJV.
I didn't know Joseph Smith took on the Bible. He was definitely a creative
The first time I met Robert Matthews was (as a young man)I printed his doctrinal
disertation on the JST. When I saw the material I asked him if I could print an
extra copy for myself. He agreed. I have that copy today. We remained friends
all these years. Bro Matthews was a great, kind, humble person, and has touched
the lives of all persons who have the "new" scriptures.
How is the King James Version of the Bible different from the LDS version.My Catholic Bible has more books included than the King James. Does the
LDS have more books, less books, different books?
When I was first invited to participate as a presenter in the Education Week
programs, I was pretty apprehensive and felt quite overwhelmed with all I was
being expected to do. This was 35 years ago, and I was pretty young and green
(now I'm old and green). My first assignment was to be on the program with Bro.
Matthews...he taught the main adult class and I taught the youth. What a great
influence he provided. Always calm, joyful, and always appreciative of the
privilege of teaching, and it showed. And always extremely knowledgeable,
without the need to try and impress his classes with his knowledge, as some
teachers do. I tried hard to follow his wonderful example of commitment of not
just teaching, but more importantly, serving his students. He kept reminding me
of teaching in the way I think the Savior probably taught. What more could you
ask for in a teacher, a friend, and a mentor? His family has much to be proud
of. And to think of all the Spirits in the next world who are now able to enjoy
his gifts also. A cause of great rejoicing on both sides of the veil!
Mine was the privilege to sit literally at Bro. Matthew's right elbow on the
third floor conference room of BYU's Joseph Smith Building one summer for 6
weeks and learn from him the simple, yet profound, truths of the Book of Mormon
in a grad level seminar. My own scriptures are full of his sayings and insights.
I quote him still. He is one of those who changed my life for the better.
Comfort to his family.
i was not able to attend those training worshops on the NT.you mentioned. Maybe
you know the answer? (JST Hebrews 5:7,8)"Who in the days of his flesh,when he
had offerd up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him
that was able to save him from death,and was heard he feared: Though he were a
son,yet learned obedience by things which he sufferd.
Sounds like a truly intelligent and good man. I am glad for the JST being
published, that others may read it, compare it and come to their own
conclusions.One is cheated if various Biblical translations are
forbidden to be studied.
I first became familiar with Br. Matthews through my father, who called him "one
of the greats" as a teacher. Later I took a class from him myself and enjoyed
the experience. But sweetest for me was when he agreed to seal my beautiful wife
to me in the Mt. Timpanogos temple while he served as president. He gave some
wonderful counsel to us that I reflect on often. May God bless the Matthews
family, and may we share a nice reunion at some future day.
During a fantastic class at BYU with Joseph F. McConkie five years ago or so, he
mentioned "a marrrrrvelous gospel scholar" named Robert J. Matthews. I had
never heard of him. So, I bought a few books and read them. Then a few more.
Then a pile of articles from various online sources. In the past five years,
I've tried to buy or print everything he ever published. I am gobbling it up
and can't get enough. No matter the subject, I always read what he says and I
say "Yes! Yes! This is exactly what I want to know! Thank you!" He's inspired
me to study like crazy and try to master the scriptures. I wish I
had known him (I feel like I do), but I cherish his writings, and will for the
rest of my life, and I love him for it.
said,"(Joseph Smiths's)new translation,or Inspired Version as it is often
called,is one of the greatest evidences of his devine calling(forward to"Plain
and Precious Parts"),examples:(JST Gen 50:33)The Prophecy of Joseph Smith,(JST
IS:29)The prophecy of the BoM,Verse 16,by the power of Christ, verse 17 three
Not only was I blessed to have Brother Matthews teach me the Scriptures in
Graduate Scripture Courses with CES, he also preformed my brothers wedding a few
years ago in the Mnt. Timp. Temple. What an amazing man and scholar. The thing
that impressed me most about this humble servant was that even though he knew as
much about the gospel as any man alive, and was a gifted teacher, I always
sensed the greatest sermons he taught were simply by the way he lived his life.
We had the wonderful privilage of having Brother Matthews as our seminary
teacher in the late 50's in Soda Springs, Idaho. Brent got to know him even
better when he worked with Robert on his dad's farm for a couple of summers.
Later we associated with Bro. Matthews and his wonderful wife Shirley at BYU
while he was working on his postgraduate studies and us on our undergraduate
degrees. What a great man. We will be forever grateful for the positive
influence he had on our lives.
I had the pleasure of hearing a lecture from Bro. Matthews regarding his work on
the JST. I'll never forget it. A great treasure has become accessible because of
his significant efforts. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close
I would be more impressed if he had focused his study on the Book of Abraham
instead. No scholar can defend that "translation!" LOL
I had a D & C class from Brother Matthews in the late 80's. Of all the religion
teachers at BYU, he was my favorite, and seemed the most interested in my
success as a person. Not only was his scholarship incredible, but it was
actually matched by his warmth, genuine love of others, and true concern for
their well-being which radiated naturally out to others. What a Christian
giant! He was extremely humble, and non-judgemental. I will be forever
grateful for having had his class. He took the time not only to teach, but also
to listen, answer questions, and even take notes from his students. I'm sure I
am just one of thousands, but what a difference his life made in the hearts of
those who listened. This man lived the religion, truly. My challenge is to
emulate his teachings. I echo all that has been said about this incredible
individual. RIP, Bro. Matthews. God bless his family in their loss.
"oozed from his being"???C'mon! You're WAY TOO OVER THE TOP! Tone it
I grew up in Independence, MO and am very grateful for what Brother Matthews and
a few others did to improve relations between the (then) R.L.D.S. Church and the
L.D.S. Church. President Kimball so much wanted that to happen and it happened.
In the early 70's I was a young early a.m. seminary teacher in CA when I heard
Robert Matthews speak about the New Testament at a C.E.S. training workshop held
in the Bay Area. His humble spirit, combined with his mastery of the subject,
represented a powerful combination that I never forgot. I was never in his
presence personally after that day, but I never forgot what I felt that day. I
have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for him and the true
Christian aura that oozed from his being.
was clearly insightful. I always thought "In the begining was God."(John 1:1)but
according to his editing,"In the beginning was the Gospel.."(John 1:1 JST)
I learned to love Bob Matthews over 40 years ago when he was at the Institute at
UCLA. As others have commented, he exhibited a unique blend of rigorous
scholarship and tender concern for each student. But my favorite memories are
of the wide-ranging doctrinal discussions he and Shirley hosted (with ice cream)
on Sunday evenings in their home. When he was assigned to BYU, we in LA were
bereft. Now we're all truly bereft. Those awaiting him on the other side must
be overjoyed, though. Rest well, Bob.
Dr. Matthews work on the "Plain and Precious Parts"was a great aid in
understanding "A Marvelous Work and Wonder"Prophecy of the BoM.(Isa 29:14
JST)"but the book shall be delivered unto a man."Verse 16..."by the power of
Christ."Verse 17...'three witnesses shall behold the power of God,Verse
25"..."I am the same yesterday,today and forever."
The work he did stands on its own, and we're the benefactors of it. The real
significance of Bro. Matthew's life comes in the way he impacted individuals -
many of you have posted your own experiences, thank you for sharing - and in his
family. I'm privileged to know a few of those people and can attest that the
faith he preached and lived extends to his posterity. My heart goes out to all
I was inspired by Robert J Matthews forward of "Plain and Precious Parts."
Joseph Smith's Bibical corrections."(Genesis 50:33 JST)..."And his name
shall be called Joseph,and it shall be after the name of his father;and he shall
be like unto;for the thing which the Lord shall brig by his hand shall bring my
people unto salvation."
I didn't know these things about Robert J. Matthews. I am totally enlightened.
:D "He never wanted anything in life to be about him." I wish and would like to
have this attitude. He's a great example for me.
Never had a class from this man but he became noteworthy to me through the
re-runs of his lectures on KBYU. Brother Matthews quickly became my favorite
church doctrinal teacher. I admired his depth of knowledge and research on
whatever gospel principal he taught. I’ve learned so much from him and
I’m saddened that he’s gone. I hope that KBYU will air all of this
great man’s lectures so that we may continue to benefit from his
teachings. I would like to express my heartfelt sympathies to his family.
Bob is a distant cousin. I remember as a child visiting his home when coming to
Utah on vacation, and feeling that I was in the company of someone truly unique.
He exemplified true Christianity, and the Spirit shined from him like the rays
of the sun. When I eventually joined the LDS Church and attended BYU, I
attended one of his classes and sat enthralled by his grasp of eternal
principles. Just a humble man from Evanston, but a giant in the Lord's kingdom.
Bob Matthews helped to change my life, and for me, that is the most important
of the many wonderful things he accomplished.
Well....you can manipulate words. And obviously, you can manipulate people.
But you cannot manipulate God's will.
I always wanted to graduate from BYU however I had an attitude about why I had
to have religion credit to graduate. This attitude continued after my mission
and I put off taking religion classes until my junior year. I had a
heavy schedule so to begin getting the needed credit I fit in a Pearl of Great
Price night class (only 61 pages I thought). In walked an unassuming short bald
man in a short sleeved white shirt. It was Robert J. Matthews. I had many
questions not for faith but for light and knowledge. He put me on a road of
gospel scholarship and he changed my life from that moment to now. Many classes and many hours followed. He gave me a personal copy of A Plainer
Translation at the first printing. I watch him work on the Bible Dictionary. He
was my missionary who caused in me a deep and abiding testimony that I have
subsequently shared in many settings. I shall be eternally grateful
for that experience and for BYU giving me a complete education! I will miss my
teacher and mentor until we meet again.
Hugh Nibley, then Truman Madsen, now Robert Matthews. We are rapidly losing a
generation of brilliant scholars whose work blessed us spiritually as well as
academically. They were giants. I hope the younger scholars who succeed them are
up to the task.
I a great admiration from Brother Matthews when I took an independent study
course on the New Testament from him in 1971, to finish my undergraduate
religion requirement. He would respond personally to each written assignment I
submitted. I felt I was the only student in his class and sensed his great
spirit through his correspondence.
You will be sorely missed by all who knew you, Brother Matthews. Thank you for
all the knowledge you shared with us and the friendship you gave to our parents.
The world has lost someone very special.
RIP Mr Matthews.*****I concur.Watching BYU gospel
discussions without his expert commentary will be missed.He can now
listen/ask Joseph, Brigham, and the Savior, doctrinal questions.
Brother Matthews was a great man and scholar. He is certainly at peace now, but
I doubt if he is "resting". Knowing what I do about him, he is getting answers
to a lot of questions that he had before but had no access to original sources.
Absorb all the knowledge in peace. I am happy for you but sad that your family
will be unable to see you daily until they are called home also.
A wonderful man and a top-notch scholar. His work was accessible to the
non-scholar, yet also also satisfying to those who want to dig deeply into
truth. He will certainly be missed by anyone who loves the truths of the Gospel.
Happy to see this wonderful man get the recognition he deserves. In addition to
everything else Robert J. Matthews was in this life, he was a favorite uncle,
one those of us who got to call him "Uncle Bob" treasured. Godspeed.
I have also attended classes that this good man taught. I was at education week
and was so happy to attend another of his classes when I heard he was quite ill.
And now to see that he has passed to the other side where I don't believe he
will be resting but teaching and loving and serving others as he did here. I
will Pray for his dear family. He was truly a good Christian.
A beautiful tribute to a marvelous man with a marvelous vision and accomplished
I never had the privilege of attending any of Bro. Matthews' classes, but I
enjoyed watching his scriptural lessons on KBYU. He was a very intelligent and
I had Bro. Matthews for New Testament while a student at BYU in 1978 and 1979.
It was an evening Tu-TH class that lasted for an hour and a half. It was never
long enough. He would put his brief case on the table, take out his
scriptures,and teach the life of the Savior from the scriptures. I learned SO
much and the Spirit was always so strong. You felt as if Bro. Mattews was a
first hand witness to all that he taught regarding the life of the Savior. Some
25 years later I took my son to the MTC to begin his mission and arranged to
visit with Bro Matthews and his lovely wife in their home. Though I had only
been a student among thousands, he was as warm and gracious, as filled with the
Spirit as I had remembered him from so many years earlier. I will forever be
grateful that I randomly selected his class for New Testament. My love,
understanding, and appreciation for the life of the Savior was forever changed.
What a great blessing to have known and been taught by Bro. Matthews.
To the 4:56 commentator, You can easily get a copy of the LDS edition
of the scriptures. These have MOST of the variations in the JST. There are
some not included. I would say if you really want to learn what they are and
what they do, that is the best place to start. Readig Dr. Matthews book on the
matter would be good to. I believe it is not that difficult to find a
full length version of the Joseph Smith Translation, and then you could compare
the variations not included, some of which are at least somewhat significant.
Amonst other issues Brother Matthews deals with what the intent of the
JST was. He argues that it was a "plainer translation", meaning meant to be
more understandable, and not neccesarily more true to the original text.
Rest in the Lord, brother Bob.
I left 'the church' half my life ago, but in retrospect the closest I felt to
the 'gospel' was when I had just gained the aaronic P. and my folks gave me this
man's 'translation' of the bible which nicely tied into the other 'mormon
books'. He enlightened the scriptures to a new era for me, god bless ...
I had the opportunity to learn the gospel from Brother Matthews as a high school
seminary student in the 1960's in Soda Springs, Idaho. The entire community was
better for the time that he spent there teaching. He gave me a solid base for
gospel understanding that I have carried with me throughout my life. Brother
Matthews was just then beginning his long career as a teacher that later found
him at BYU where he raised the scholarship of all who new him. I continued my
relationship with him once I also attended BYU for four years. I travelled to
BYU Education Week this year specifically to sit in on his classes once more. I
learned at the Conference that Brother Matthews was ill and would not be
teaching. I always knew that this day would come when we would lose him, but
while he was here he blessed us immeasurably with the depth of the gospel that
Bishop Matthews was my freshman bishop at BYU. He was wise, kind, funny and a
friend to our ward. I'll miss him.
I thought Brother Matthew's book A Plainer Translation was a high point in
quality LDS scholarship. I did not have the chance to ever meet him nor take
classes from him, but his scholarship left an impact on me. My condolences and
best wishes to his family and loved ones.
I knew President Matthews from Mt. Timpanogos. He was very kind and to me
exemplified the true meaning of the term "Christian."God speed and
may He comfort your family.
What a good man, we will miss him! Thanks for all the good things you did in
your lifetime. We are very grateful to you!
I think Joe asked a very good and relevant question. I suppose there are many
with the same question. I don't think this forum is the best place to answer it
but I would invite any who are truly curious as to why the LDS people believe
such a thing to visit a nearby church and ask. It seems to me that Brother
Matthews dedicated a good portion of his life to trying to answer Joe's
We had the privilege of traveling through Italy, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and
Greece with Brother Matthews in October 1982. His lectures were chalk full of
facts and data but the key to his profound teaching ability was his ability to
infuse his lessons with the Holy Spirit. I'll miss him. We'll all miss him.
Thank you Brother Matthews for your example and your friendship. Rest in Peace.
I took a class on the JST from him at BYU. I also have sat in on other lectures
and classes he has given. I gained insights into the scriptures from him that
have lasted long past the classroom. I also remember his kind demeanor and
genuine desire to help students. I was sad to hear of his passing.
My condolences to his family and colleagues.
Thank you Bob for your unequaled contribution to bringing out of obscurity the
JST. When the Saints came west, Orson Pratt was teaching from a copy of the JST,
but President Brigham Young said not to because the Church didn't have access to
the original manuscript which remained with Emma. Looking back, this was an
inspired move by Pres. Young because when it comes to missionary work, using the
KJV of the Bible was far more effective since most other Christians were using
it. The last thing the Church needed to do at that time was to introduce a "new"
Bible along with the Book of Mormon. When the time was right, the Lord raised up
Bob Matthews to rebuild trust with the Community of Christ Church (then the
Reorganized Church) allowing him and others access to the original JST
manuscript. Eventually this paved the way for the 1979 LDS edition of the Bible
which brings the KJV and the JST so masterfully together. Thank you Bob for
following the Lord's plan for you. It has truly benefitted all of us. We'll see
you on the other side! May the Lord comfort your family!
Is there a site that list the differences in translation and their significance?
A non judgementalm one?
I have watched andlistened to his discussions with the professors on BYU channel
for years. I've heard and purchased his talks. I have learned so much from
this warm, kind and intelligent man. I feel as though I know him and I miss
What a truly remarkable and great man. I got to interact with him just a little
bit, and what impressed me was not simply his knowledge, but his genuine love
and concern for others. This man practiced what he believed in. He,
of all people, would want everyone to be kind to "Joe" and return kindness
rather than harshness.
My condolences to the Matthews family. I was a student of his and was greatly
blessed because of his knowledge and insight.
What a great scholar and a great man.He wore out his life in the
service of the Lord.Thank you for the example you set.You will be missed.
Brother Matthews was a great man who dedicated himself to advancing good works
among men. Thanks and RIP.
As one who had the good fortune of sitting in a classroom with him- a master
teacher and one who passionately loved his topic has been lost- condolances to
his family and gradtitude for his passion and willingness to share would seem
the only fitting words here
Not being LDS I have to confess to not knowing who Robert Matthews was before
today but I agree with "tenor" ignore "Joe" he is not representative of those of
us outside your faith. I am sorry for Matthews family and the LDS church's loss.
RIP Mr Matthews.
Matthews really did contribute a lot to LDS scholarship. We al benefited from
the fruits of his work.
The world is a sadder place without Brother Matthews. He has inspired and
helped millions. I count myself blessed to have known him as a teacher and
Temple President. He blessed my life and my family's. I hope the memory of his
kindness and love as well as the influence he has had on millions will carry his
family through this sad time.LoveGloria Smith
This is a sad day for scholars of the gospel. Robert Matthews was a hard-nosed
researcher and careful teacher of gospel truth.He will be missed,
but his legacy certainly lives on. He truly changed the face of gospel
Rest in peace Brother Matthews. I enjoyed your classes at BYU. I, as well as
millions,have benefited from your work on the new versions of the scriptures.