The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books (Hardcover)

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by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, Richard L. Bushman

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The Joseph Smith Papers publishing project puts into one comprehensive collection the writings attributed to this religious leader, offering information and insight about Joseph Smith, early Mormonism, and nineteenth-century American religion.

This facsimile edition of Revelations and Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books opens a new series. The volume provides new access to priceless documents dating from 1828 to 1834. For the first time, you can view photocopies of original writings in the actual hand of early Church leaders such as Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery and Sidney Rigdon.

Revelations and Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books includes an introductory essay with the balance of the book showing reproductions of the manuscripts.

Revelations and Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books is printed at the larger size of 9" x 12" and contains almost 800 pages. Each book is estimated to weigh approximately eight pounds. Due to the size and weight a shipping surcharge will added to your order.

This is the second book to be released in the comprehensive Joseph Smith Papers project. However, it is NOT Volume 2 in the Journals series, rather it is the first volume in the Revelations & Translations series within the larger overall Papers collection.

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  • Size:  9" x 12"

About the Authors

Dean C. Jessee is widely recognized as an authority on the life and writings of Joseph Smith. He holds a master’s degree in Church History from Brigham Young University and is a research historian in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at BYU. He served for many years in the Church Historical Department, and has been president of the Mormon History Association. He is the editor of The Papers of Joseph Smith, volumes 1 and 2.

Ronald K. Esplin is the managing editor for The Joseph Smith Papers. He received history degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Virginia, and Brigham Young University. From 1972 until 1980, he was part of the History Division of the LDS church’s Historical Department, with assignments both as a researcher and writer and as an archivist. He moved to Brigham Young University in 1980 when the History Division was transferred there to become the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History. From 1986 through 2002, he served as managing director of that research institute and as a professor of church history and doctrine. From 1988 to 1991, he served as one of the editors for Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Most of his publications have involved Brigham Young and early Utah or pre-Utah Mormon history, including Men With A Mission: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles, 1837–1841. Many of them also concern Joseph Smith and early Latter-day Saint leadership.

Richard L. Bushman a general editor of The Joseph Smith Papers along with Ronald K. Esplin and Dean C. Jessee, is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University. He has been appointed Howard W. Hunter visiting professor at Claremont Graduate University for 2008–2009. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, and the University of Delaware before joining the Columbia faculty. His published works include From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690–1765 (1967), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities (1992). He has served as president of the Mormon History Association and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

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Amazing Volume!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  February 24, 2010

This volume is truly remarkable. I love seeing at each turn of the page the actually handwritten revelations by Joseph and his scribes.

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Exquisitely Timeless

by  HEATHER  -   reviewed on  January 23, 2014

I don't know why my expectations weren't higher, but not only is this book have cool historical documents with carefully typed translation, it's actually a piece of art on its own. It's an oversized book and the pages are beautifully glossy--you can tell the quality right away. This is a Mormon historian's labor of love. I'm excited to refer to it over the years, along with the 2nd edition (which is, sadly, sized smaller but has more pages). It's touching to see the original handwriting on these documents.

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