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Brand New! ; More of Mormonism's canonized revelations originated in or near Kirtland than any other place. Yet many of the events connected with those revelations and their 1830s historical context have faded over time.
Barely twenty-five years after the first of these Ohio revelations, Brigham Young lamented in 1856: "These revelations, after a lapse of years, become mystified [sic] to those who were not personally acquainted with the circumstances at the time they were given." He gloomily predicted that eventually the revelations "may be as mysterious to our children . . . As the revelations contained in the Old and New Testaments are to this generation." Now, more than 150 years later, the distance between what Brigham Young and his Kirtland contemporaries considered common knowledge and our understanding of the same material today has widened into a sometimes daunting gap.
Mark Staker narrows the chasm in Hearken, O Ye People by reconstructing the cultural experiences by which Kirtland's Latter-day Saints made sense of the revelations Joseph Smith pronounced. This volume rebuilds that exciting decade using clues from numerous archives, privately held records, museum collections, and even the soil where early members planted corn and homes. From this vast array of sources he shapes a detailed narrative of weather, religious backgrounds, dialect differences, race relations, theological discussions, food preparation, frontier violence, astronomical phenomena, and myriad daily customs of nineteenth-century life. The result is a "from the ground up" experience that today's Latter-day Saints can all but walk into and touch.
"I am not aware of a more deeply researched and richly contextualized study of any period of Mormon church history than Mark Staker's study of Mormons in Ohio. We learn about everything from the details of Alexander Campbell's views on priesthood authority to the road conditions and weather on the four Lamanite missionaries' journey from New York to Ohio. All the Ohio revelations and even the First Vision are made to pulse with new meaning. This book sets a new standard of in-depth research in Latter-day Saint history."
Richard Bushman Claremont Graduate University ; 7.25" x 10.5"; 297 pages; 158958113X
Title: Hearken, O Ye People - The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith's Ohio Revelations
Publisher: Salt Lake City, UT, Greg Kofford Books: 2010
Condition: New in New Dust Jacket
Weight: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 45645