“The Expanse of Joseph Smith’s Translation Vision”

“The Expanse of Joseph Smith’s Translation Vision” September 18, 2020


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New, today, in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:


“The Expanse of Joseph Smith’s Translation Vision”

Review of Samuel Morris Brown, Joseph Smith’s Translation: The Words and Worlds of Early Mormonism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020). 314 pages. $34.95 (hardback).

Abstract: Samuel M. Brown opens up a new and expansive view of Joseph Smith as a religious thinker. Written for an academic audience, Brown is intentionally dealing with what can be seen and understood about Joseph Smith’s various translations, a term that Brown uses not only for texts, but for concepts of bringing the world of the divine into contact with the human domain. This is a history of the interaction of a person and the world of his thought, from the first text (the Book of Mormon) to the last, which Brown considers to be the temple rites.


And, from Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, in connection with the 2020 Interpreter Foundation conference on Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses:


“Topically Arranged Bibliography: Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses”

“Alphabetically Sorted Bibliography: Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses”




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