Like many of you, I’m very excited for the forthcoming biography of one of Mormonism’s most influential early apostles: Parley P. Pratt: The Saint Paul of Mormonism by Terryl Givens with Matthew Grow. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011 (projected).
The very title itself tells a story. The Utah historian, Edward Wheelock Tullidge, wrote in 1876:
For his eloquent and erudite championship of the Church, both as speaker and writer, he is widely recognized as the Paul of Mormonism.1
Tullidge, however, was referring to the apostle Orson Pratt who he also called “the Paul of Mormondom” and the “Mormon Paul.”2 In his Life of Joseph the prophet (1878), Tullidge wrote:
[Parley's] Hebraic pen, made the ancient prophets live again in the divine of our own times; while his learned brother Orson has been as the veritable St. Paul of the Latter Days.3 [Read more...]