Joseph Smith and the Polyglot

Joseph Smith had a polyglot New Testament, probably Elias Hutter’s 1602 imprint. Here’s an excerpt that figures in one of Joseph’s sermons:

The Latin and German panels for opening verses of Matt. 4.

Joseph Smith, Sermons, and Lived Religion

From the late colonial period to the time of Joseph Smith, important forces were at work that changed the nature of preaching. Most sermons in the late colonial period were read. Whether from small briefs carried into a pulpit, scribbled notes on a quarter sheet of foolscap, or carefully fleshed out thoughts in tempered script, preachers expanded from their notes or read word for word, but in general followed a written pre-planned text. There is a paper trail there.[1]

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Preaching, Rhetoric and Mormons

[Cross posted at BCC.]

With the recent conference, many Church members saw what has become the pinnacle of Mormon Preaching: The General Conference Address. But is it really representative of the Mormon sermon? I say no. In my paltry experience, Mormon preaching is much more like classical Methodist homily than the considered rationalist stuff you might get from an Anglican pulpit. General Conference preaching is very carefully scripted. No off the reservation speculation, no fire and brimstone to speak of, no getting lost in the rhetorical moment allowed, much. (I think Church presidents have their leeway and there is descent evidence for that.)
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Calling All Document Freaks! Program for the 2012 ADE Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, VA

During August 9-11, 2012, the Association for Documentary Editing will be holding its Annual Meeting in Chalottesville, VA. Plenary speaker is Peter Hatch.
Registration details will follow.

[I thought this was interesting: The Devil is in the Details: Scholarly Editors and those who skim the surface of our collections and popularize half-truths, Candace Falk, Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley. Also: “One of Gen. Andrew Jackson’s Hitherto Unpublished Letters Unearthed!”: The Promise and Perils of Using Printed Newspaper Texts where the Manuscripts do not Survive, Thomas Coens, Papers of Andrew Jackson, University of Tennessee.]

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Sermons, More Sermons and Funeral Sermons

Sermons in antebellum America were both innovative and derivative. While disestablishment opened wider the doors of American Religious Culture to the radical, it also strengthened the radical establishment (by that I mean the unsettled Methodists and Baptists). Preachers naturally came in similar breadth and hence their sermons found all sorts of niches in which to settle.

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Adoption and Authority

Sitting here, post Sunday morning session and thinking about the meaning of ordination, it occurred to me that there is an interesting connection between our practice of “line of authority” and the adoption practices of Latter-day Saints prior to 1894. That angelic connection between the here and now and Deity is powerful. There is a wonderful attraction in it. I see this as another aspect of our Mormon heritage. The immediacy of it all.