More Stuff on – Doctrine and Covenants Studies

This is late for the LDS Sunday school’s Doctrine and Covenants-church history study, but it may be helpful if you’re are interested in textual study of the D&C: how revelation text has evolved, the identity of persons mentioned in the revelations and some other historical issues involving the revelations (like evolution of priesthood concepts), publication info, and besides that, it is free. If you go to and scroll down the page a bit you will see an “annotated history of the church” link. clicking on that link will lead you a page of links to the first 25 or so chapters of volume one of the B. H. Roberts edited seven volume history of the LDS church. Admittedly, this isn’t very much of the text, but it took a considerable amount of work just to do this much.

But my point is that you will find the first 95 or so sections of the D&C imbedded in the text, with many new footnotes giving the analysis described above. Out to the side of each chapter link you’ll see which D&C sections are found in that chapter. Additionally, imbedded in the annotation you will find most of the known uncanonized revelations during this period.

Even in this first volume, you will see that Joseph had drifted away from much of the production of the manuscript of the history (although oddly enough, Roberts seems not to have used the manuscript much – he used an early Millennial Star printing of the manuscript as a base text – which in turn depended on an 1850s Deseret News +Times and Seasons printing) with Willard Richards heavily involved in piecing together a narrative from extant church records. (Joseph does narrate some things, like the mob attack at John Johnson’s home.)

Anyway, just pointing out another tool that may be of use in your scripture study. Some time I’d like to continue at least the revelation part of this work and just get through the whole D&C. But the work involved would be daunting. And I have a day job. Moreover, with the new Joseph Smith papers volume coming out, at least some of the footnotes would have to be corrected/expanded.


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