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Joseph Smith Papers

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations Revelations and Translations - Published Revelations, Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations Revelations and Translations - Published Revelations
Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 1 Manuscript Revelation Books, Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 1 Manuscript Revelation Books
Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books (Facsimile Edition), Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books (Facsimile Edition)
Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
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The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Jesse, Dean ; Esplin, Ronald ; Bushman, Richard Lyman
The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839
Jesse, Dean ; Esplin, Ronald ; Bushman, Richard Lyman
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The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals Volume 3: May 1843 - June 1844, Hedges, Andrew H. & Alex D. Smith & Brent M. Rogers
1 The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals Volume 3: May 1843 - June 1844

Hedges, Andrew H. & Alex D. Smith & Brent M. RogersNew in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian Press, 2015, 

Hardcover



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The last year of Joseph Smith's life was both turbulent and incredibly productive. He served as the highly visible and determined leader of one of the largest cities in Illinois and of a church with members spread throughout the United States and other countries. With his influence at its peak he balanced roles as church president and prophet, mayor, judge, and militia leader, all while responding to escalating conflict. The journal entries reproduced in this volume of The Joseph Smith Papers illuminate Joseph Smith's varied activities and his aspirations and struggles in the months leading to his violent death.

Covering May 1843 through June 1844, this volume features the conclusion of Joseph Smith's second Nauvoo journal, kept by Willard Richards. During these months, Joseph Smith was often preoccupied with legal and political matters, particularly in his role as mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, and chief justice of Nauvoo's municipal court. Because of continued political struggles and conflict with their neighbors, smith and his advisers contemplated relocating the church to Oregon or the Republic of Texas. The Council of Fifty, also known as "the Kingdom of God," was formed in part to lead this effort. At the same time, church leaders grew frustrated that their petitions to the nation's leaders for redress of losses earlier suffered in Missouri continued to prove fruitless. In response, Smith declared his candidacy for president of the United States.

Joseph Smith gave more than sixty public addresses during this time, many of which are documented in this volume. The discourses covered topics such as salvation, resurrection, baptism for the dead, priesthood ordinances, a multitiered heaven, and humanity's potential to become like God. At times, the teachings pushed the boundaries of what Smith's listeners were prepared to believe. Smith also continued to introduce temple ordinances, including eternal and plural marriage ceremonies, to a growing number of people.

Controversial teachings, the practice of plural marriage, Joseph Smith's growing political power, and other factors led to loud criticism of Smith and other church leaders, by both disaffected church members and prominent opponents in surrounding communities. Growing tensions resulted in threats and violence. The journal refers, for instance, to conspiracies again Joseph Smith's life, led by those who were once friends. After Nauvoo civic leaders declared the anti-Mormon newspaper the Nauvoo Expositor a public nuisance and destroyed its press, Smith and several of his associates were arrested. On the afternoon of 27 June 1844, a mob swarmed the jail in Carthage, Illinois, where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were being held, and killed both men.

This volume includes as appendixes two additional sources that shed light on the final two weeks of Joseph Smith's life: an excerpt from Willard Richards's journal for 23-27 June and an account of Smith's 10-22 June activities made by William Clayton. Given these scribes' proximity to Smith, their records provide invaluable primary source material for studying the events leading to his death.

The accounts in this volume allow readers to study Smith's daily activities and personality as well as to better situate him and the faith he founded within nineteenth-century American history. Because of Richards's idiosyncratic handwriting, many passages of this journal have been misread and misunderstood in the past. To provide the most accurate reading possible, experts in Richards's handwriting have meticulously transcribed Smith's journal according to the highest standards of documentary editing. Aided by comprehensive annotations, this final installment of Joseph Smith's journals constitutes an essential primary source for research into the life of the first leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This is the final volume of the Journals series of The Joseph Smith Papers.

; The Joseph Smith Papers Series; Vol. 3; 680 pages, 

57768

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843), Hedges, Andrew H. & Alex D. Smith & Richard Lyman Bushman
2 The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843)

Hedges, Andrew H. & Alex D. Smith & Richard Lyman BushmanNew in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2011, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! %%

; The first volume of the Joseph Smith Papers series, Journals, Volume 1, became an overnight bestseller. The much-anticipated Journals, Volume 2, covers the Nauvoo period from December 1841 to April 30, 1843. Two major documents are featured in this volume:

• The journal portion of the Book of the Law of the Lord, which served as a combination journal and temple record book. It includes journal entries on revelations received during this time period, letters written and received, and temple donations.

• The first two of four small books titled “President Joseph Smith’s Journal,” kept by Willard Richards during the last years of the Prophet Joseph’s life (the final two books will be published in the forthcoming third and final volume of the Journals series).

The journals provide background information about Joseph’s life and early Church history and form the foundation for the official history of the Church. Among the key events described in this volume are the creation of the Relief Society; the building of the Nauvoo Temple; and revelations on the nature of God, and baptism for the dead. Three letters from Emma are also included. These journals provide insights about the Prophet Joseph’s personality, including accounts of him functioning as mayor of Nauvoo, store operator, and general in the Nauvoo legion. ; Vol. 2; 1.75 x 10.5 x 7.5 Inches; 558 pages, 

53867

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Administrative Records: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846, Jeffrey D. Mahas, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Mark R. Ashurst-McGee, Ronald K. Esplin, Matthew J. Grow
3 The Joseph Smith Papers - Administrative Records: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846

Jeffrey D. Mahas, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Mark R. Ashurst-McGee, Ronald K. Esplin, Matthew J. GrowNew in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian Press, 2016, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book!

; This volume of the Joseph Smith Papers Project presents the minutes of a Church organization called the Council of Fifty. The minutes, which have never before been publicly available, will form the only volume of the Administrative Records series.

On 11 March 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith organized a council that he and his closest associates saw as the beginning of the government of the literal kingdom of God on earth. The council, known both as the Council of the Kingdom of God and the Council of Fifty (it had roughly fifty members), operated under Smith's leadership until his murder less than four months later. Following Smith't death, the council met in Nauvoo under Brigham Young's leadership from February 1845 to January 1846. The minutes of the council's meetings, kept primarily by William Clayton, have never been publicly available. This volume of The Joseph Smith Papers publishes them for the first time.

Participants saw the council as distinct from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and anticipated that the council would "govern men in civil matters." According to Joseph Smith, the council "was designed to be got up for the safety and salvation of the saints by protecting them in their religious rights and worship." Nevertheless, because Smith and Young were leaders of both the church and the council, ecclesiastical concerns were frequently reflected in the council's discussions.

The minutes reveal much about early Mormon thought on earthly and heavenly governments as council members wrestled with what it meant to establish the kingdom of God on earth and to existing civil governments. Though council members generally used the term "theocracy" to describe the ideal form of government for the kingdom of God, their model also incorporated democratic elements. They believed that a "theodemocratic" government would protect the rights of all citizens, promote free discussion, involve Latter-day Saints and others, and increase righteousness in preparation for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

At the practical level, the Council of Fifty was a significant decision-making body. For instance, the council helped manage Joseph Smith's 1844 presidential campaign. The council also provided a forum for making decisions about matters in Nauvoo, including construction of the Nauvoo temple and how to protect and govern the city after the state of Illinois repealed the Nauvoo municipal charter in January 1845. In addition, the council played a major role in exploring possible settlement sites—which included sending a delegate to the Republic of Texas and sending emissaries to various American Indian tribes—and in planning the migration of the Latter-day Saints to the American West.

The minutes capture the principles, protocols, and activities of the Council of Fifty as it was formed and operated in Nauvoo. While many of the actions taken by the council have been known through other documents, the minutes chronicle the deliberations that led to these decisions, providing an unparalleled view of decision making at the center of what participants viewed as the nascent kingdom of God on earth. The minutes of the Council of Fifty thus shed new light on the development of Latter-day Saint beliefs and on the history of Nauvoo and the church during this critical era, while also providing new perspectives on American religious history, political culture, and western migration in the nineteenth century.

; The Joseph Smith Papers Series; 7.25" x 10.25"; 734 pages, 

58085

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839, Jesse, Dean ; Esplin, Ronald ; Bushman, Richard Lyman
4 The Joseph Smith Papers - Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839

Jesse, Dean ; Esplin, Ronald ; Bushman, Richard LymanNew in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2008, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! ++ ; 'The Joseph Smith Papers project is the single most significant historical project of our generation.' —Elder Marlin K. Jensen, LDS Church Historian

Joseph Smith is known to history as the founder and first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The publication of his papers, 200 years after his birth, will open a window on a life filled with what he called 'marvelous experience.'

For one who had little schooling, Joseph Smith left an extensive legacy of letters and other written records. Now, the full collection of that documentary heritage is being made widely available.

The Joseph Smith Papers is not a 'documentary history' project composed only of important documents relating to Joseph Smith. Instead, it is a comprehensive 'papers' project that will publish, according to accepted scholarly and documentary editing standards, all documents created by Joseph Smith and by those whose work he directed.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project will eventually constitute approximately 30 volumes, organized into six series. This first volume is a part of the Journals Series.

Volume by volume, you can build and enhance your personal library with these crucial studies of the life, leadership, and legacy of Joseph Smith.

In the works for several decades, The Joseph Smith Papers will be the largest, most authoritative collection of original Smith documents in the world, replacing and transcending many earlier published works.

With access to texts not previously available, and certainly never in one collection, the Papers project provides new information and insights about Joseph Smith, early Mormonism, and nineteenth-century American religion.

Documents include correspondence, journal entries, revelations, translations, discourses, official histories, court cases, and business dealings—qualitatively researched and carefully annotated.

Although vast in scope, the aim of the Project is relatively simple: to make available to general readers and scholars the sources essential to the study of Joseph Smith—the religious leader, the city builder, the pioneer, the husband and father—a truly visionary man.

The ambitious Joseph Smith Papers is the inaugural publishing project of The Church Historian's Press and sets new standards for the organization and editorial presentation of historical documents by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In recognition of the high scholarly standards being employed in all phases of this project, The Joseph Smith Papers Project has earned an endorsement by the National Archives' National Historical Publication and Records Commission (NHPRC). ; Vol. 1; 7.25" x 10.5"; 506 pages, 

42347

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books (Facsimile Edition), Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
5 The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books (Facsimile Edition)

Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)New in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2009, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! Previously published, Journals, Volume 1: 1832 - 1839. ; The Joseph Smith Papers puts into one comprehensive collection the writings attributed to this religious leader, offering information and insight about Joseph Smith, early Mormonism, and nineteenth-century American religion.

The next volume to release (late summer 2009) is the first volume of the Revelations and Translations series. It will present a transcription and photographic reproduction of each page of the two manuscript revelation books used by early scribes of Joseph Smith. This unprecedented access—the first publication of one of the revelation books—allows readers to own some of the earliest copies of the revelation manuscripts, including those used to print the Book of Commandments and 1835 Doctrine & Covenants.

The book will include an introductory essay with the balance of the book showing reproductions of the manuscripts. Owning a copy will be like having access to hand-written documents of historical significance in your own home or office.

To allow good readability of the reproduced documents, this series will publish at a larger size of 9" x 12" and estimated to be just under 800 pages. With large size and specifically selected papers with coated color finishing, each book is estimated to weigh between seven and eight pounds.

This is the second book to be released in the comprehensive Joseph Smith Papers project. However, it is NOT Volume 2 in the "Journals" sub-series, rather it is the first volume in the "Revelations" sub-series within the larger overall collection.

It is entitled: Revelations and Translations Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books
This will be a large volume, measuring approximately 9x12 inches with documents and manuscripts. Which is larger than the Fist book issued in the series. ; Vol. 1; 9" x 12"; 707 pages, 

43033

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 1 Manuscript Revelation Books, Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
6 The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 1 Manuscript Revelation Books

Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)New in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2010, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! Limited, This is a limited printing of the "Revelation and Translations" Vol 1 done in the same size and format as the first book published in the series, Journals, Vol 1. Quite scarce. ; The Revelations and Translations series of the Joseph Smith Papers Project presents transcriptions of Joseph Smith’s written revelations and translations. Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books is a sister volume to the 9'' x 12'' Facsimile Edition that was published in 2009. This version is the smaller, 7" x 10" library edition of the earlier book. Like the Facsimile Edition, it presents scores of Joseph Smith’s revelations, dated from 1828 to 1834, that became the basis for the canonized books of revelations: the Book of Commandments (1833) and the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (1835). Unlike the earlier Facsimile Edition, this edition does NOT include reproductions of the handwritten revelations themselves. However, this volume does include: * Complete, color-coded transcripts of the handwritten revelations, rendering each scribe’s handwriting in a different color, to facilitate analysis of revisions made by various scribes * Introductions to place these vital documents in their historical settings and enhance our understanding of them * Selected photographsThis volume provides easy access to all who want to carefully study and more fully appreciate these foundational documents of the Restoration. ; Vol. 1; 7.25" x 10.25"; 529 pages, 

51091

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations Revelations and Translations - Published Revelations, Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)
7 The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations Revelations and Translations - Published Revelations

Jessee, Dean C. ; Esplin, Ronald K. ; Bushman, Richard Lyman (General editors)New in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2011, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! Previously published, Journals, Volume 1: 1832 - 1839. ; Revelations and Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations, features the Book of Commandments and the other major printed versions of Joseph Smith's revelations that were published or in the process of being published during his lifetime. Reproduce herein as high-quality photographs are the Book of Commandments (1833); the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (1835), including the portion that has come to be known as the "Lectures on Faith"; and seven additional texts added to the second edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (1844). Reproduced herein as transcripts are twenty-six complete or partial revelation texts published in the church newspaper The Evening and the Morning Star (1832-1833) and its later, reprinted version, Evening and Morning Star (1835-1836). Because these newspaper versions were produced in connection with editing and typesetting work on the Book of Commandments and the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, they are critical sources for understanding the textual history of the revelations.

This volume of The Joseph Smith Papers also includes two appendixes that provide important related material. The first is a proposed reconstruction of what likely would have been included in the final thirty-two pages of the Book of Commandments, had the print shop not been destroyed mid-run by vigilantes. The second presents selected photographs of a copy of the Book of Commandments owned by Oliver Cowdery and marked up to prepare revelations for publication in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

Revelations and Translations, Volume 2 goes hand in hand with Manuscript Revelations Books, the first volume in this series. Manuscript Revelation Books presents the earliest surviving manuscripts of many of Joseph Smith's revelations, the ones used by Smith and his associates in preparing the published scriptures of their day. Volume 2 presents the printed revelations in the form that most Latter-day Saints read and experienced them. Together the two volumes make the early revelations more accessible than ever before.

Contents
Detailed Contents
Timeline of Joseph Smith's Life
Map: Joseph Smith's Residences
Volume 2 Introduction: Joseph Smith - Era Publications of Revelations
Editorial Method
Published Revelations
Book of Commandments
Appendix 1: Proposed Sixth Gathering of the Book of Commandments
Revelations Printed in The Evening and the Morning Star
Doctrine and Covenants, 1835
Appendix 2: Selections from Oliver Cowdery's Copy of the Book of Commandments
Doctrine and Covenants, 1844 (Sections 101-107)
Reference Materials
Chronology for the Years 1831-1835, 1844
Directory of Printers
Substitute Words in the 1835 and 1844 Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants
Works Cited
Corresponding Published Versions of Revelations

; Vol. 2; 7.25" x 10.25"; 726 pages, 

51501

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Histories, Vol. 1 (1832-1844), Karen Lynn Davidson (Editor), David J. Whittaker (Editor), Mark R. Ashurst-McGee (Editor), Richard L. Jensen (Editor)
8 The Joseph Smith Papers - Histories, Vol. 1 (1832-1844)

Karen Lynn Davidson (Editor), David J. Whittaker (Editor), Mark R. Ashurst-McGee (Editor), Richard L. Jensen (Editor)New in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2012, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! %%

; On April 6, 1830, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith that “there shall be a record kept among you” (D&C 21:1). This volume highlights the product of those efforts, including histories written in Joseph’s own hand. It features all of the known histories authored by Joseph Smith— whether written personally by him or by his close associates under his immediate supervision—and include the history penned in 1832 by Joseph Smith with assistance from scribe Frederick G. Williams, the history written from 1834 to 1836, three documents related to the effort to produce the manuscript that later became the History of the Church, an article published in 1839 recounting the conflicts between Latter-day Saints and other residents of northwestern Missouri, and two articles from the 1840s that give an overview of early Church history. These eight histories provide several early, important accounts of Joseph Smith’s foundational religious experiences, including the First Vision and the visits of the angel Moroni. They also chronicle important events and developments in early Church history. As with all other volumes of The Joseph Smith Papers, these documents have been transcribed and annotated according to the highest standards of documentary editing and include invaluable introductory material. ; Vol. 1; 7.25" x 10.5"; 560 pages, 

54369

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories, 1831-1847, Karen Lynn Davidson (Editor), Richard L. Jensen (Editor), David J. Whittaker (Editor)
9 The Joseph Smith Papers - Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories, 1831-1847

Karen Lynn Davidson (Editor), Richard L. Jensen (Editor), David J. Whittaker (Editor)New in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2012, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! ; The Joseph Smith Papers Project is a collection of primary Joseph Smith documents that is invaluable to American history scholars, Mormon history scholars, and of importance to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Histories, Volume 2: Assigned Historical Writings, 1831–1847 is the latest volume in the series and covers histories assigned, but not overseen, by Joseph Smith.

While Volume 1 contains histories written, dictated, or supervised by Joseph Smith, he also assigned several associates, including John Whitmer, William W. Phelps, John Corrill, and Edward Partridge, to write church histories. Their writings—vivid, personal, and sometimes surprising—are found in this second volume of the Histories series, which provides a rich, multifaceted view of the early years of the Latter-day Saint movement, particularly the “Missouri Mormon War” of 1838.

Two of the histories found in Histories, Volume 2 were originally published in Latter-day Saint newspapers: William W. Phelps’s “Rise and Progress of the Church of Christ” and the Times and Seasons series “A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in Missouri.”

Whitmer and Corrill both left the church before finishing their histories. Most of Whitmer’s history was composed in the words of a faithful Latter-day Saint, but Whitmer wrote the final three chapters of his history after his 1838 excommunication, and the manuscript closes in a critical tone.

After Whitmer declined to turn over his history in 1838, Joseph Smith assigned Corrill as a church historian. Within a few months, Corrill also distanced himself from the Saints. The history he published became personal as well as institutional, laying out “the reasons of the author for leaving the church.”

Like Whitmer’s history, Corrill’s gives readers a better understanding of the anxieties and difficulties experienced by some early converts to the faith. It also offers a detailed look into the conflicts and dilemmas confronting Joseph Smith and other leaders as they worked to create a unified community of Saints.

The publication of The Joseph Smith Papers two centuries after the birth of the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens a window on a life filled with what he called “marvelous experience.” Despite having received little formal schooling, Joseph Smith left an extensive legacy of letters and other written records which is now being made widely available.

The Joseph Smith Papers series is expected to span about twenty volumes in total. Histories, Volume 2 is the seventh published volume in the project.

; Vol. 2; 7.25" x 10.5"; 453 pages, 

55782

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3, Part 1: Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 1-Alma 35, Skousen, Royal & Robin Scott Jensen
10 The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3, Part 1: Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 1-Alma 35

Skousen, Royal & Robin Scott JensenNew in New Dust Jacket, The Church Historian's Press, 2015, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book!

; The Book of Mormon is the centerpiece of Joseph Smith's documentary record. It served to Smith's followers as a witness of his divine mission and as a foundation of their newfound faith. This volume, the third in the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, gives readers unprecedented access to an early Book of Mormon manuscript through full-color photographs, a color-coded transcript, introductions, and reference material.

From early April to late June 1829, Joseph Smith dictated the majority of the text of the Book of Mormon. He and other believers explained that Smith translated the Book of Mormon from writings on ancient metal plates to which he had been led by a heavenly messenger. Smith's translation of the plates was not the conventional process of converting text from one language to another through expert knowledge of both languages—instead, he recounted that he dictated the text "by the gift and power of God." With the aid of "interpreters" he found buried with the plates and a seer stone already in his possession, Joseph Smith dictated the text to Oliver Cowdery and several other scribes. The manuscript they created is known as the original manuscript. Because of significant water damage suffered in the nineteenth century, less than 30 percent of the original manuscript has survived. Most of it is held by the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City.

After the original manuscript was completed and Joseph Smith had secured the services of a printer, Smith directed that a second copy, now known as the printer's manuscript, be created. This would allow the original manuscript to be kept safe while the second copy was taken to the print shop. Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, and a third, unknown scribe created the printer's manuscript from roughly August 1829 to January 1830, and pages of it were taken in batches to E. B. Grandin's print shop in Palmyra, New York, as printing proceeded. The first edition of the Book of Mormon went on sale in Palmyra on March 26, 1830, and Smith formally organized a church less than two weeks later. The printer's manuscript was consulted again by Joseph Smith and others when the second edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. The manuscript was eventually obtained by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ), headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and it is reproduced here with their generous permission. The carefully preserved manuscript is virtually complete—only three lines of text are missing.

This volume of The Joseph Smith Papers provides a facsimile edition of the printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Because of the length of the printer's manuscript, this volume has been split into two parts: Part 1 contains introductory and explanatory materials, the copyright and preface pages of the printer's manuscript, and the text of the Book of Mormon from 1 Nephi through Alma 35. Part 2 contains the text of the Book of Mormon from Alma 36 through Moroni 10, statements of Book of Mormon witnesses, and reference material, including a chronology, a biographical register, and a table documenting how the printer's manuscript was used in printing the 1830 and 1837 editions of the Book of Mormon. While the volume and document introductions in Part 1 place the printer's manuscript in its historical context, the annotation throughout the volume focuses strictly on textual issues, including identifying significant variants between the printer's manuscript, the original manuscript, and early printed editions. Readers wishing to study the full text will need to consult both Part 1 and Part 2.

Designed for those who wish to carefully research the early text of the Book of Mormon and efforts to that book, the transcript in this volume reproduces the printer's manuscript exactly as it appears today. The transcript preserves corrections and revisions of any kind, line and page breaks, and even the locations of interlinear insertions. Since several scribes penned revisions in this manuscript, the handwriting of each is rendered in a different color to facilitate analysis. The photographs included her—the first complete photographic of the printer's manuscript ever published—allow comparison with the transcript and provide details that can never be fully captured in transcription.

Royal Skousen
Royal Skousen is a professor of linguistics at Brigham Young University and editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.

; The Joseph Smith Papers Series; 9.25" x 12.25"; 536 pages, 

57580

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3, Part 2: Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, Alma 36-Moroni 10, Skousen, Royal & Robin Scott Jensen
11 The Joseph Smith Papers - Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3, Part 2: Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, Alma 36-Moroni 10

Skousen, Royal & Robin Scott JensenNew in New Dust Jacket, The Church Historian's Press, 2015, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book!

; The Book of Mormon is the centerpiece of Joseph Smith's documentary record. It served to Smith's followers as a witness of his divine mission and as a foundation of their newfound faith. This volume, the third in the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, gives readers unprecedented access to an early Book of Mormon manuscript through full-color photographs, a color-coded transcript, introductions, and reference material.

From early April to late June 1829, Joseph Smith dictated the majority of the text of the Book of Mormon. He and other believers explained that Smith translated the Book of Mormon from writings on ancient metal plates to which he had been led by a heavenly messenger. Smith's translation of the plates was not the conventional process of converting text from one language to another through expert knowledge of both languages—instead, he recounted that he dictated the text "by the gift and power of God." With the aid of "interpreters" he found buried with the plates and a seer stone already in his possession, Joseph Smith dictated the text to Oliver Cowdery and several other scribes. The manuscript they created is known as the original manuscript. Because of significant water damage suffered in the nineteenth century, less than 30 percent of the original manuscript has survived. Most of it is held by the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City.

After the original manuscript was completed and Joseph Smith had secured the services of a printer, Smith directed that a second copy, now known as the printer's manuscript, be created. This would allow the original manuscript to be kept safe while the second copy was taken to the print shop. Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, and a third, unknown scribe created the printer's manuscript from roughly August 1829 to January 1830, and pages of it were taken in batches to E. B. Grandin's print shop in Palmyra, New York, as printing proceeded. The first edition of the Book of Mormon went on sale in Palmyra on March 26, 1830, and Smith formally organized a church less than two weeks later. The printer's manuscript was consulted again by Joseph Smith and others when the second edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. The manuscript was eventually obtained by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ), headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and it is reproduced here with their generous permission. The carefully preserved manuscript is virtually complete—only three lines of text are missing.

This volume of The Joseph Smith Papers provides a facsimile edition of the printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Because of the length of the printer's manuscript, this volume has been split into two parts: Part 1 contains introductory and explanatory materials, the copyright and preface pages of the printer's manuscript, and the text of the Book of Mormon from 1 Nephi through Alma 35. Part 2 contains the text of the Book of Mormon from Alma 36 through Moroni 10, statements of Book of Mormon witnesses, and reference material, including a chronology, a biographical register, and a table documenting how the printer's manuscript was used in printing the 1830 and 1837 editions of the Book of Mormon. While the volume and document introductions in Part 1 place the printer's manuscript in its historical context, the annotation throughout the volume focuses strictly on textual issues, including identifying significant variants between the printer's manuscript, the original manuscript, and early printed editions. Readers wishing to study the full text will need to consult both Part 1 and Part 2.

Designed for those who wish to carefully research the early text of the Book of Mormon and efforts to that book, the transcript in this volume reproduces the printer's manuscript exactly as it appears today. The transcript preserves corrections and revisions of any kind, line and page breaks, and even the locations of interlinear insertions. Since several scribes penned revisions in this manuscript, the handwriting of each is rendered in a different color to facilitate analysis. The photographs included her—the first complete photographic of the printer's manuscript ever published—allow comparison with the transcript and provide details that can never be fully captured in transcription.

Royal Skousen
Royal Skousen is a professor of linguistics at Brigham Young University and editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.

; The Joseph Smith Papers Series; 9.25" x 12.25"; 437 pages, 

57581

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Documents, Vol. 3: February 1833 - March 1834, Volume Editors: Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, and William G. Hartley.
12 The Joseph Smith Papers - Documents, Vol. 3: February 1833 - March 1834

Volume Editors: Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, and William G. Hartley.New in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2014, 

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Brand new hardcover book! ; Become more personally acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and early Church history through the engrossing volumes of the Documents series. Each volume contains reproductions of 75 to 100 revelations, letters, and other papers presented in chronological order. Historical introductions to each document explain where, when, and why it was created. From revelations to sermons to newspaper editorials to personal correspondence, the documents of this series allow you to see through the eyes of Joseph as early Church history unfolded.

A primary focus of the time period covered in Volume 3 is the effort to build temples and develop Zion in Missouri. Volume 3 also documents the challenges Joseph Smith faced as the population of the Church grew in both Ohio and Missouri and as the violent persecution of the Saints in Jackson County intensified. As with the first two volumes, this volume includes many revelations, including the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89), that were later published in the Doctrine and Covenants, making it a valuable companion to studying that standard work.

Volume Editors: Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, and William G. Hartley.

; Vol. 3; 7" x 10.25"; 627 pages, 

57245

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The Joseph Smith Papers - Documents, Vol. 2: July 1831 - January 1833, Volume Editors: Matthew C. Godfrey, Mark R. Ashurst-McGee, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William J. Hartley
13 The Joseph Smith Papers - Documents, Vol. 2: July 1831 - January 1833

Volume Editors: Matthew C. Godfrey, Mark R. Ashurst-McGee, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William J. HartleyNew in New Dust Jacket, Church Historian's Press, 2013, 

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! ; Become more personally acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and early Church history through the engrossing volumes of the Documents series. Each volume contains reproductions of 75 to 100 revelations, letters, and other papers presented in chronological order. Historical introductions to each document explain where, when, and why it was created. From revelations to sermons to newspaper editorials to personal correspondence, the documents of this series allow you to see through the eyes of Joseph as early Church history unfolded.

A primary focus of the time period covered in Volume 3 is the effort to build temples and develop Zion in Missouri. Volume 3 also documents the challenges Joseph Smith faced as the population of the Church grew in both Ohio and Missouri and as the violent persecution of the Saints in Jackson County intensified. As with the first two volumes, this volume includes many revelations, including the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89), that were later published in the Doctrine and Covenants, making it a valuable companion to studying that standard work.

Volume Editors: Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, and William G. Hartley.

; Vol. 2; 7" x 10.25"; 608 pages, 

57244

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