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Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Examining Major Early Sources

«Textual criticism, as practiced in this book, sheds important light on the understanding of revelation in early Mormonism...This volume offers a fine collection of essays on early Mormon history and the concept of revelation as understood by early church members.»

Hans Gerald Hödl, University of Vienna, Religious Studies Review

Joseph Smith, founding prophet and martyr of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personally wrote, dictated, or commissioned thousands of documents. Among these are several highly significant sources that scholars have used over and over again in their attempts to reconstruct the founding era of Mormonism, usually by focusing solely on content, without a deep appreciation for how and why a document was produced. Les mer

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Joseph Smith, founding prophet and martyr of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personally wrote, dictated, or commissioned thousands of documents. Among these are several highly significant sources that scholars have used over and over again in their attempts to reconstruct the founding era of Mormonism, usually by focusing solely on content, without a deep appreciation for how and why a document was produced. This book offers case studies of the
sources most often used by historians of the early Mormon experience. Each chapter takes a particular document as its primary subject, considering the production of a document as an historical event in itself, with its own background, purpose, circumstances, and consequences. The documents are examined
not merely as sources of information but as artifacts that reflect aspects of the general culture and particular circumstances in which they were created. This book will help historians working in the founding era of Mormonism gain a more solid grounding in the period's documentary record by supplying important information on major primary sources.

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Forlag
Oxford University Press Inc
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780190274375
Utgivelsesår
2018
Format
16 x 24 cm

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«Textual criticism, as practiced in this book, sheds important light on the understanding of revelation in early Mormonism...This volume offers a fine collection of essays on early Mormon history and the concept of revelation as understood by early church members.»

Hans Gerald Hödl, University of Vienna, Religious Studies Review

«Foundational Texts of Mormonism offers one of the first pathways from The Joseph Smith Papers to scholars and students of early Mormonism ... It offers a lens into historical practices, everyday life of early Mormonism, and the material culture that defined private, public, and religious life.»

Michael Hubbard MacKay, Mormon Studies Review

«Foundational Texts of Mormonism presents for the scholar and the casual reader added context and understanding to the various receptions of these texts over time. The individual essays are valuable to any study of the texts they examine while also being fine examples of several different types of textual criticism in their own right.»

Gerrit van Dyk, BYU Studies Quarterly

«This book, then, is more than a discussion of the 'foundational sources' of a new religious movement. It shows us that movements self-creation through its production of documents ... After seeing the similar care and diligence these authors have shown to the documents they study, it will be hard for any historian to avoid scrutinizing the handwriting or watermarks or folds that mark any page that comes before them in an archive.»

Matthew Bowman, Reading Religion

«In short, this volume is a must-have for historians of Mormonism. I cant think of many edited collections in the field more worthy of that title... It will also work as a great primer for historians of other topics who need an introduction to the field. Indeed, any scholar interested in early Mormonism will need to consult at least one chapter in this volume. It is an instant classic.»

Benjamin E. Park, Professor Park's Blog

«In recent years, the Joseph Smith Papers Project has published and annotated the documents created by Mormonism's founding prophet. This path-breaking book is part of the payoff. In it, scholars examine several of the most significant textsthe Book of Mormon, revelations, letters, and journalsto reconstruct the religious world in which Joseph Smith and his followers lived.»

John G. Turner, Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University, author of The Mormon Jesu

«Mormonism's unique canon and voluminous historiography can be daunting. The record is simply too thick and opaque for most to gain access. This collection provides a path through the thicket with well-chosen, authoritative sources and expert analysis. It is an especially useful introduction to the Joseph Smith Papers. The general and scholarly reader will be benefited by this singular contribution to Mormon Studies.»

Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies, University of Virginia Department

«Historical sources have their own histories. This is especially true of the primary texts that shape our fundamental understanding of the foundations of Mormonism. This collection of essays by experts in the field is an invaluable resource for scholars working on early Mormonism or religion in nineteenth-century America, orienting them to the complex histories behind the sources they employ to write their own histories.»

Patrick Q. Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University

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