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209. What's so good about Good Friday? — Eric Huntsman

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🗓️ 27 March 2024

⏱️ 62 minutes

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As Latter-day Saints, we often say that we focus more on Jesus’ resurrection than on His death, and we consider the atonement in Gethsemane as the most sacred event in Jesus’ life. In this episode, we consider a question we don’t think about too often, stemming from this: why have we not cultivated more robust ways to celebrate Holy Week, and all the events leading up to Easter Sunday? Especially when we compare it to all that we do leading up to Christmas?

We sat down to talk with Eric Huntsman, a professor of ancient scripture at BYU and author of God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior's Life. Eric has done a lot of work as a scholar to understand the events of Holy Week leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross on Friday, his resurrected visitations on Sunday, and where, as Latter-day Saints, we might place the points of emphasis differently than other Christian denominations. His family has cultivated Easter traditions, complete with meals, activities, and scripture readings, to help them really feel and anticipate these events, and invite a deeper witness of the Savior. By getting more creative with our Holy Week traditions, Eric says we can connect ourselves more deeply with the rest of Christianity while immersing ourselves more fully in a scriptural journey.

We hope this episode inspires you to get more out Easter Weekend, which is coming up in just a few days. And for more on this topic, you can check out Eric’s book God So Loved the World at Deseret Book, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

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Hey everybody this is Aubrey Chavez from Faith Matters. As Latter-day Saints we've historically really emphasized


the significance of Jesus's resurrection, while we also hold Gatsemone and the


crucifixion as two of the most sacred events in Christ's life. So in this


episode we're exploring richer ways to commemorate the last few days


of Holy Week, reflecting on all the profound events preceding Easter Sunday. We sat down again to talk


with Eric Huntsman, a professor of ancient scripture at BYU,


and author of God so love the world,


the final days of the Savior's life.


He's also the academic director of the BYU Jerusalem Center.


Eric has done a lot of work as a scholar


to understand the events of Holy Week leading up to Jesus's death on the


cross on Friday, his resurrected visitations on Sunday, and what our restoration scripture may have to offer


as we observe this sacred time. His family also has so many special Easter traditions


complete with meals, music, activities, and scripture readings that he shares that


really helped them to feel and anticipate these events with joy and reference and


invite a deeper witness of the Savior.


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