Joseph Smith began recording his first journal in a pocket-sized book he carried during his missionary travels. Now, all the journals kept personally by Joseph Smith and the scribes who assisted him will be published in the Journals series -- a subset of the larger Joseph Smith Papers project. Journals, volume one, first of the series, covers the ...Read MoreJoseph Smith began recording his first journal in a pocket-sized book he carried during his missionary travels. Now, all the journals kept personally by Joseph Smith and the scribes who assisted him will be published in the Journals series -- a subset of the larger Joseph Smith Papers project. Journals, volume one, first of the series, covers the years 1832 to 1839.Read Less
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506pp. Large octavo [26 cm] Blue and red cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles. Very good. The spine is rolled. There are a couple of very small light stains on the fore edge of the text block. There is a gift inscription on the front free endsheet. The dust jacket is in near fine condition. "Joseph Smith has been one of the least accessible major figures in the history of American religion. The Joseph Smith Papers will forever change that by producing a monumental critical edition of every document written, dictated, or supervised by the Mormon prophet. This first offering, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839, already gives readers and researchers a fascinating glimpse of a new Joseph Smith. Its five texts depict a gifted young leader struggling to guide his unruly new religious movement on two fronts. AS he labored to organize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Kirkland, Ohio, and sought to establish God's new Zion in hostile Missouri, Smith served as itinerant preacher, fund-raiser, farmer, construction supervisor, disciplinarian, litigant, commander, prisoner, and loyal family member as well as visionary, healer, and revelator. Al of these roles come vividly to life in these manuscript journals, meticulously edited according to the highest critical standards. Journals, Volume 1 is a splendid debut for what is certain to become one of the great landmarks in LDS publishing and scholarship."-Stephen A. Marini, Professor of Religion Wellesley College.
New in New jacket. 1570088497 Brand new hardcover book! ++; 'The Joseph Smith Papers project is the single most significant historical project of our generation. '? Elder Marlin K. Jensen, LDS Church HistorianJoseph Smith is known to history as the founder and first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The publication of his papers, 200 years after his birth, will open a window on a life filled with what he called 'marvelous experience. ' For one who had little schooling, Joseph Smith left an extensive legacy of letters and other written records. Now, the full collection of that documentary heritage is being made widely available. The Joseph Smith Papers is not a 'documentary history' project composed only of important documents relating to Joseph Smith. Instead, it is a comprehensive 'papers' project that will publish, according to accepted scholarly and documentary editing standards, all documents created by Joseph Smith and by those whose work he directed. The Joseph Smith Papers Project will eventually constitute approximately 30 volumes, organized into six series. This first volume is a part of the Journals Series. Volume by volume, you can build and enhance your personal library with these crucial studies of the life, leadership, and legacy of Joseph Smith. In the works for several decades, The Joseph Smith Papers will be the largest, most authoritative collection of original Smith documents in the world, replacing and transcending many earlier published works. With access to texts not previously available, and certainly never in one collection, the Papers project provides new information and insights about Joseph Smith, early Mormonism, and nineteenth-century American religion. Documents include correspondence, journal entries, revelations, translations, discourses, official histories, court cases, and business dealings? qualitatively researched and carefully annotated. Although vast in scope, the aim of the Project is relatively simple: to make available to general readers and scholars the sources essential to the study of Joseph Smith? the religious leader, the city builder, the pioneer, the husband and father? a truly visionary man. The ambitious Joseph Smith Papers is the inaugural publishing project of The Church Historian's Press and sets new standards for the organization and editorial presentation of historical documents by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In recognition of the high scholarly standards being employed in all phases of this project, The Joseph Smith Papers Project has earned an endorsement by the National Archives' National Historical Publication and Records Commission (NHPRC).; Vol. 1; 7.25" x 10.5"; 506 pages.
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