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Bible Culture and Authority in the Early United States

Seth Perry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691179131
eISBN:
9781400889402
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179131.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book is a wide-ranging exploration of the place of the Christian Bible in America in the decades after the Revolution. Attending to both theoretical concerns about the nature of scriptures and ... More


Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America

David Holland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199753611
eISBN:
9780199895113
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753611.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

What belongs in the Bible? Could a New World inspire new chapters of scripture or render old ones obsolete? This book shows that these questions factored more prominently into early American history ... More


Faith, Doubt, and the Penning of Scripture

David F. Holland

in Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199753611
eISBN:
9780199895113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753611.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter considers the relationship between evangelicalism and three of the most prominent American challenges to the traditional Christian canon: Shakerism, Mormonism, and Seventh-day Adventism. ... More


Impediments to Christian Commonwealth

Robert C. Fuller

in Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195109795
eISBN:
9780199853281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109795.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter discusses what is often referred to as “the Second Great Awakening,” in which popular opinion was galvanized around the belief that moral resolve alone is sufficient to bring about ... More


A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

This book includes key documents, along with annotation, related to the origin of the Book of Mormon, from Joseph Smith’s first mention of the gold plates to the book’s publication in 1830. Smith ... More


Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Mark Ashurst-McGee, Robin Jensen, and Sharalyn D. Howcroft (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

In the 1970s Mormon historian Dean C. Jessee began carefully studying the letters and other papers of Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since that ... More


The Gold Plates as Foundational Text

Richard Lyman Bushman

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Richard Bushman’s “The Gold Plates as Foundational Text” focuses on the making of the Book of Mormon. In contrast to the controversies over the recovery and translation of the gold plates, the ... More


Joseph Smith’s Missouri Prison Letters and the Mormon Textual Community

David W. Grua

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

During winter 1838–1839, the Mormon community faced existential crisis. On 27 October 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs declared all Mormons to be enemies of the state, and unless they ... More


The Anglican Emigrant Chaplaincy: An Imperial Network

Rowan Strong

in Victorian Christianity and Emigrant Voyages to British Colonies c.1840 - c.1914

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198724247
eISBN:
9780191791994
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198724247.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Church History

Beginning with a look at the immediate historical causes for emigration in the British and Irish depression and famines of the 1840s, this chapter contains the narrative of the establishment and ... More


“An Angel of God Came Down from Heaven”: The Three Witnesses: Late June 1829

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

The documents in this chapter deal with the experience reported by Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris in June 1829. Both first-and secondhand accounts are included. The statement of ... More


“Written by the Hand of Mormon”: Publication of the Book of Mormon: June 1829–March 1830

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

In June 1829, Joseph Smith and Martin Harris began contacting printers, including Thurlow Weed, who declined a contract, and Egbert B. Grandin, who eventually agreed to publish the Book of Mormon. ... More


Textual Criticism and the Book of Mormon

Grant Hardy

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The last several decades have seen the emergence of academically rigorous textual criticism of the Book of Mormon. This scholarly development has largely been based on a detailed analysis of the two ... More


The Dictation, Compilation, and Canonization of Joseph Smith’s Revelations

Grant Underwood

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Those who joined the church begun by Joseph Smith looked to the revelations Smith dictated as God’s divine will and word. With the printing of the Book of Commandments and later publication of the ... More


The Textual Culture of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society Leadership and Minute Book

Jennifer Reeder

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Jennifer Reeder’s “The Textual Culture of the Nauvoo Relief Society Leadership and Minute Book” provides a foundation for a deep understanding of the social production of the Nauvoo Female Relief ... More


Joseph Smith’s Sermons and the Early Mormon Documentary Record

William V. Smith

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

In “Joseph Smith’s Sermons and the Early Mormon Documentary Record,” William V. Smith treats Joseph Smith’s preaching record in chronological fashion. This treatment provides, in part, an explanation ... More


Introduction

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

Ever since the summer of 1829, when newspapers began announcing the forthcoming publication of the Book of Mormon, that text has been the object of both praise and ridicule, a situation that shows no ... More


“I Cannot Read a Sealed Book”: Martin Harris’s Venture to Eastern Scholars: February 1828

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

In February 1828, Martin Harris obtained a transcript of Book of Mormon characters Joseph Smith had copied from the gold plates. He took them to two prominent scholars in New York City: Samuel ... More


“I Have Lost My Soul”: Martin Harris and the Missing Manuscript: Summer 1828

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

In June of 1828, after Joseph Smith and Martin Harris had translated 116 pages of the Book of Mormon, Harris convinced Joseph to let him take the manuscript for family members to read. Harris agreed ... More


“Days Never To Be Forgotten”: The Translation: April–May 1829

Larry E. Morris

in A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

dLate in March 1829, Oliver Cowdery traveled from Manchester, New York, to Harmony, Pennsylvania, to assist Joseph Smith with the translation of the Book of Mormon. The two men had not met prior to ... More


The Early Diaries of Wilford Woodruff, 1835–1839

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

In “The Early Diaries of Wilford Woodruff, 1835–1839,” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich turns her eye to a source long considered important in early Mormon history that she believes is also a “great American ... More


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