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JOSEPH SMITH’S EXPERIENCE OF A METHODIST “CAMP-MEETING” IN 1820

Note: This article one of the special web-only series and not printed in a physical issue. As an alternative to myopic polarization, this essay provides new ways of understanding Joseph’s narrative, analyzes previously neglected issues/data,…

Does Joseph’s Letter to Emma of 4 November 1838 Show that He Knew about Chiasmus?

Note: This article one of the special web-only series and not printed in a physical issue.

Cunning and Disorderly: Early Nineteenth-Century Witch Trials of Joseph Smith

Note: The Dialogue Foundation provides the web format of this article as a courtesy. Please note that there may be unintentional differences from the printed version. For citational and biographical purposes, please use the printed…

Joseph Smith, Thomas Paine, and Matthew 27:51b–53

Note: The Dialogue Foundation provides the web format of this article as a courtesy. Please note that there may be unintentional differences from the printed version. For citational and biographical purposes, please use the printed…

Praise to the Man: The Development of Joseph Smith Deification in Woolleyite Mormonism, 1929–1977

The Secular Binary of Joseph Smith’s Translations

Politicking with the Saints: On Reading Benjamin Park’s Kingdom of Nauvoo Benjamin E. Park, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier

The Limits of Naturalistic Criteria for the Book of Mormon: Comparing Joseph Smith and Andrew Jackson Davis

Davis compares the two men, saying “Davis, like Smith, was raised in a poor household and received little formal education—Davis, in fact, would claim to have received only “little more than five months” of schooling.”

Revisiting Joseph Smith and the Availability of the Book of Enoch

Joseph Smith and the Face of Christ

A Commentary on Joseph Smith’s Revision of First Corinthians

What Size of City, and What Sort of City, Could (or Should) the City of Zion Be?

Why the Prophet is a Puzzle: The Challenges of Using Psychological Perspectives to Understand the Character and Motivation of Joseph Smith, Jr.

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon: Co-Founders of a Movement

Shields argues that if you deny or dismiss Sidney Ridgon’s contributions to the early church, then the scripture canon during this time would need to be reinterpreted.

Pedagogy of Perfection: Joseph Smith’s Perfectionism, How It was Taught in the Early LDS Church, and Its Contemporary Applicability

Richard Sleegers contrasts 19th century Protestant teachings about salvations to what Joseph Smith taught about life after death.

Thomas Aquinas Meets Joseph Smith: Toward a Mormon Ethics of Natural Law

Reassessing Joseph Smith Jr.’s Formal Education

The Novel Mormon Doctrines of Ultimate Rewards and Punishments as First Revealed in The Vision: Some Observations on History, Sources, and Interpretation

Elegy / Prayer

New Voices: Ecology of Absence

New Voices: Flaming

A Documentary Note on a Letter to Joseph Smith. Romance, Death, and Polygamy: The Life and Times of Susan Hough Conrad and Lorenzo Dow Barnes

The history behind a letter that was written by missionary Jedediah Morgan Grant to Joseph Smith, which contained infomation about Susan Hough Conrad and her brief love writings with a missionary who was serving in…

The Holy Priesthood, the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Community

“The Perfect Union of Man and Woman”: Reclamation and Collaboration in Joseph Smith’s Theology Making

Givens argues that one of the things that Joseph Smith was trying to restore was teachings taught to Adam and Eve, in particular men and women working together. Givens also highlighted the existence of Heavenly…

Palmyra Redemption: July 18, 2015

Joseph Smith and the Sources of Love

The Church and the Law

The Significance of Joseph Smith’s

In this early article, Allen shows that the First Vision was not well known during Joseph Smith’s lifetime. It became well known after the Prophet’s death, which is when missionaries started to teach about it…

“’I Never Knew a Time When I Did Not Know Joseph Smith”: A Son’s Record Of The Life And Testimony Of Sidney Rigdon

Sometime after Sidney Ridgon passed away, his son wrote a document detailing his father’s life, which he then gave it to the church. The entire document that Sidney Ridgon’s son wrote is contained in this…

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: A Conversation with Professor Atiya

It took little time to verify the authenticity of the find. The file containing the papyrus manuscripts also contained a letter signed by Emma Smith Bidamon, widow of the Prophet, showing that Joseph Smith was…

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: Phase One

Even the first preliminary stage of the operation is by no means completed, for we still have to determine exactly what the relationship was supposed to be between the official text and the Egyptian papyri…

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Book of Breathings

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

A description of the alleged Egyptain papyri used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Abraham.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Tentative Approach to the Book of Abraham

These developments seem to require forthright clarity in the direction of questioning the 1835-1842 linguistic skill of Joseph Smith, Jr., as a translator of ancient Egyptian symbols.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Joseph Smith Papyri: A Preliminary Report

He remarks that the BOOK OF BREATHINGS is a late (Ptolemaic and Roman periods) and greatly reduced version of the BOOK OF THE DEAD.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Summary Report

The Joseph Smith Egyptian papyri once consisted of at least six separate documents, possibly eight or more.

Joseph Smith as a Student of Hebrew

Zucker describes the efforts that Joseph Smith went through to study Hebrew. Joseph Smith’s personal behavior was apparently not changed, but in other aspects in later years there is evidence that Joseph Smith was using…

Mrs. Brodie and Joseph Smith: Exploding the Myth about Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet by F.L. Stewart

In response to Fawn Brodies’s biography of Joseph Smith, F.L. Stewart published a book called Exploding the Myth About Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet.

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: The Political Legacy of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: Joseph Smith and the Presidency, 1844

The Joseph Smith Papyri

Governor Thomas Ford and the Murderers of Joseph Smith

Member and non members have criticized Governor Thomas Ford of Illinois for his inability to save Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Huntress was arguing that Governor Ford had a lot of difficulties that he…

The Reliability of the Early History of Lucy and Joseph Smith

A Comment on Joseph Smith’s Account of His First Vision and the 1820 Revival

Ever since people first heard of the First Vision, the events surrounding it has been clouded by controversy. Crawley comments with historical references that help to clarify this controversy

Joseph Smith, An American Muhammad? An Essay On the Perils of Historical Analogy

Since around the time as the martyrdom, Joseph Smith has been compared to Muhammad who was the founder of Islam. Green and Goldrup presents evidence for how Islam and the church are different.

Joseph Fielding Smith: Faithful Historian

The Discomforter: Some Personal Memories of Joseph Fielding Smith

A Prophet’s Goodly Grandparents: Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage by Richard Lloyd Anderson

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

A Hint of an Explanation: The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri: an Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley

Review of An Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley, which discusses the papyri that Joseph Smith allegedly used to help translate the Book of Abraham. Hugh Nibley decided to state his case, but allow readers to form their…

The Law Above the Law: Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith

Jensen argues that this book is a mustread for anyone who is interested in ‘Mormon history, philosophy, and the law.’

Fate and the Persecutors of Joseph Smith: Transmutations of an American Myth

In the 1950s there was a book published call Fate of the Persecutors of Joseph Smith, which contains stories that have been part of folklore that have been passed down discussing what happened to the people…

Joseph Smith and Thomas Paine?: Mormon Answer to Skepticism: Why Joseph Smith Wrote the Book of Mormon by Robert N. Hullinger

Fawn McKay Brodie: An Oral History Interview

Joseph Smith and the Structure of Mormon Identity

Joseph Smith’s 1838 account of the First Vision has taken priority in structuring Mormon identity, despite the existence of different versions. This article explores why that version is so meaningful to Latter-day Saints, reflecting on…

Joseph Smith III’s 1844 Blessing and the Mormons of Utah

Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

Van Wagoner focuses on the seer stones that Joseph Smith used in the Book of Mormon translation process.

Protected: Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

The First Vision Controversy: A Critique and Reconciliation

Thoughts on the Mormon Scriptures: An Outsider’s View of the Inspiration of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith and Process Theology

The Benefits of Partisanship: Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism by Richard L. Bushman

Joseph Smith and the Clash of Sacred Cultures

Shortly after the church was organized, one of Joseph Smith’s main priorities during his lifetime was preaching to the Native Americans, who he believed to be the descendants of the Lamanites.

Joseph Smith, Sr., Dreams of His Namesake

The United Order of Joseph Smith’s Times

Joseph Smith and the Plurality of Worlds Idea

The Joseph Smith Translation and Ancient Texts of the Bible

Rediscovering the Context of Joseph Smith’s Treasure Seeking

Taylor identifies the history behind the Smith Family and treasure seeking. During the 19th century treasure seeking is associated with both greed, but also obtaining spirtual knowledge like in Joseph Smith’s case.

Alpine Day Appearances: Joseph Smith Appears Before the Alpine Ward

Uncle Joseph Smith, 1781-1854: Patriarchal Bridge

Methods and Motives: Joseph Smith III’s Opposition to Polygamy, 1860-90

When Joseph Smith III preached his first sermon as a leader of the Reoganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Amboy, Illinois, on 6 April 1860, he expressed his unqualifed aversion to…

Before Constantine, After Joseph Smith: Ante Pacem: Archeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine

The “New Mormon History” Reassessed in Light of Recent Book on Joseph Smith and Mormon Origins

A Prophet’s Progress: The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith

The Papers of the Prophet: The Papers of Joseph Smith: Volume 1, Autobiographical and Historical Writings

Affidavits Revisited: Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reexamined by Rodger I. Anderson

The Administrative Role of the Presidency: The Founding Prophet: An Administrative Biography of Joseph Smith, Jr.

RLDS Church Archivist Ronald E Romig expected The Founding Prophet: An Administrative Biography of Joseph Smith, Jr. to be exclusively about Joseph Smith.

Joseph Smith’s “Inspired Translation” of Romans 7

The Psychology of Religious Genius: Joseph Smith and the Origins of New Religious Movements

Foster dives in deep into the psychology behind Joseph Smith’s decisions while he was still living. 

Easy-to-Read: A Consumer’s Report: The Easy-to-Read Book of Mormon: Based on the Work Translated by Joseph Smith, Jr.

From Temple to Anti-Mormon: The Ambivalent Odyssey of Increase Van Dusen

Toward an Introduction to a Psychobiography of Joseph Smith

One Face of the Hero: In Search of the Mythological Joseph Smith

Snow puts Joseph Smith squarely within Joseph Campbell’s famous work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which is also known as the heroes journey.

The Locations of Joseph Smith’s Early Treasure Quests

Vogel uses firsthand accounts of people’s reactions to Joseph Smith’s treasure digging.

Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

“Critical” Book of Mormon Scholarship: New Approaches to the Book of Mormon

A Trajectory of Plurality: An Overview of Joseph Smith’s Thirty-three Plural Wives

Of Prophets and Pale Horses: Joseph Smith, Benjamin West, and the American Millenarian Tradition

Joseph Smith’s Emendation of Hebrew Genesis 1:1

Joseph Smith’s Interpretation of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon

Sex and Prophetic Power: A Comparison of John Humphrey Noyes with Joseph Smith, Jr.

Plural Marriage, Singular Lives: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith by Todd Compton

Being Joseph Smith: The Sword of Laban: Joseph Smith, Jr., and the Dissociated Mind

Lucy’s Own Voice: Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir

Book of Mormon Stories: Digging in Cumorah: Reclaiming Book of Mormon Narratives

Friendly History: Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise, by Glen M. Leonard

Wars of Preemption, Wars of Revenge

Why I Can’t Write My Joseph Smith Play

Would Joseph Smith Attend the New York State Arts Festival?

My “Affair” with Fawn McKay Brodie: Motive Pain and Pleasure

Sestina of the Martyrdom

Critique of a Limited Geography for Book of Mormon Events

Form Criticism of Joseph Smith’s 1823 Vision of the Angle Moroni

A Uniform and Common Recollection: Joseph Smith’s Legacy, Polygamy, and the Creation of Mormon Public Memory

Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the American Renaissance

Prophecy and Palimpsest

The Earliest Eternal Sealing for Civilly Married Couples Living and Dead

Martin Harris: The Kirtland Years, 1831-1870

Joseph Smith, by Robert V. Remini

A Biographer’s Burden: Evaluating Robert Remini’s Joseph Smith and Will Bagley’s Brigham Young

Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon

“There Really is a God and He Dwells in the Temporal Parietal Lobe of Joseph Smith’s Brain”

Keywords: Joseph Smith, Language Change, and Theological Innovation, 1829-44

The Open Canon and Innovation: Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith by Gary James Bergera

“He Was ‘Game'”: Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet by Dan Vogel

By Any Standard, A Remarkable Book: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman with the assistance of Jed Woodworth

Two Perspectives on the Life and Times of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman with the Assistance of Jed Woodworth

Is Joseph Smith Relevant to the Community of Christ?

I spoke as a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints/Communit y of Christ. As a result, I had a decidedly different perspective on Joseph Smith than my co-panelists.

The Diary of a Historian: On the Road With Joseph Smith by Richard Lyman Bushman

The Encounter of the Young Joseph Smith with Presbyterianism

Joseph Smith: Lost and Found

A Small History of Joseph Smith; Biography of Eugene England

Prophet, Seer, Revelator, American Icon Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens, eds., Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries

Joseph Smith in Hermeneutical Crisis

Joseph Smith as a Creative Interpreter of the Bible

Salvation through a Tabernacle: Joseph Smith, Parley P. Pratt, and Early Mormon Theologies of Embodiment

A discussion of the theology of the body being combined with the spirit for various different reasons.

Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail as an Epistolary Rhetoric

Making Visible the Hand of Ritual: Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842–1845: A Documentary History; Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845–1846: A Docu

(Re)Interpreting Early Mormon Thought: Synthesizing Joseph Smith’s Theology and the Process of Religion Formation

Samuel Morris Brown. In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death

Reviews: Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 1: 1832–1839Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 2: December 1841–April 1843

Review: J. Spencer Fluhman. “A Peculiar People”:Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America

Joseph Smith, Captain Kidd Lore, and Treasure-Seeking in New York and New England during the Early Republic

Soul as Seen by Joseph Smith

Another Look at Joseph Smith’s First Vision

Canto 12

The “”Breathing Permit of Hor”” Thirty-Four Years Later

In 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York made a gift to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of eleven papyrus fragments once owned by Joseph Smith and employed as the…

Joseph Smith’s Identification of “Abraham” in Papyrus: JS the “Breathing Permit of Hor”

In 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York made a gift to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of eleven papyrus fragments once owned by Joseph Smith and employed as the…

The Book of Abraham and the Islamic Qisas al-Anbiya’ (Tales of the Prophets) Extant Literature

“Perhaps the most controversial and intensely contested revelatory claim of Joseph Smith Jr. is his translation of ancient papyri ostensibly written by the hand of Abraham.”

Knowing Brother Joseph Again: The Book of Abraham, and Joseph Smith as Translator

The problem took another turn when Joseph Smith’s papyri, which had been missing and presumed lost for eighty to ninety years, resurfaced in 1967 and were examined and translated by Egyptologists.

Dialogue Topic Pages #1: First Vision

JOSEPH SMITH’S EXPERIENCE OF A METHODIST “CAMP-MEETING” IN 1820

Note: This article one of the special web-only series and not printed in a physical issue. As an alternative to myopic polarization, this essay provides new ways of understanding Joseph’s narrative, analyzes previously neglected issues/data,…

Does Joseph’s Letter to Emma of 4 November 1838 Show that He Knew about Chiasmus?

Note: This article one of the special web-only series and not printed in a physical issue.

Cunning and Disorderly: Early Nineteenth-Century Witch Trials of Joseph Smith

Note: The Dialogue Foundation provides the web format of this article as a courtesy. Please note that there may be unintentional differences from the printed version. For citational and biographical purposes, please use the printed…

Joseph Smith, Thomas Paine, and Matthew 27:51b–53

Note: The Dialogue Foundation provides the web format of this article as a courtesy. Please note that there may be unintentional differences from the printed version. For citational and biographical purposes, please use the printed…

Praise to the Man: The Development of Joseph Smith Deification in Woolleyite Mormonism, 1929–1977

The Secular Binary of Joseph Smith’s Translations

Politicking with the Saints: On Reading Benjamin Park’s Kingdom of Nauvoo Benjamin E. Park, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier

The Limits of Naturalistic Criteria for the Book of Mormon: Comparing Joseph Smith and Andrew Jackson Davis

Davis compares the two men, saying “Davis, like Smith, was raised in a poor household and received little formal education—Davis, in fact, would claim to have received only “little more than five months” of schooling.”

Revisiting Joseph Smith and the Availability of the Book of Enoch

Joseph Smith and the Face of Christ

A Commentary on Joseph Smith’s Revision of First Corinthians

What Size of City, and What Sort of City, Could (or Should) the City of Zion Be?

Why the Prophet is a Puzzle: The Challenges of Using Psychological Perspectives to Understand the Character and Motivation of Joseph Smith, Jr.

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon: Co-Founders of a Movement

Shields argues that if you deny or dismiss Sidney Ridgon’s contributions to the early church, then the scripture canon during this time would need to be reinterpreted.

Pedagogy of Perfection: Joseph Smith’s Perfectionism, How It was Taught in the Early LDS Church, and Its Contemporary Applicability

Richard Sleegers contrasts 19th century Protestant teachings about salvations to what Joseph Smith taught about life after death.

Thomas Aquinas Meets Joseph Smith: Toward a Mormon Ethics of Natural Law

Reassessing Joseph Smith Jr.’s Formal Education

The Novel Mormon Doctrines of Ultimate Rewards and Punishments as First Revealed in The Vision: Some Observations on History, Sources, and Interpretation

Elegy / Prayer

New Voices: Ecology of Absence

New Voices: Flaming

A Documentary Note on a Letter to Joseph Smith. Romance, Death, and Polygamy: The Life and Times of Susan Hough Conrad and Lorenzo Dow Barnes

The history behind a letter that was written by missionary Jedediah Morgan Grant to Joseph Smith, which contained infomation about Susan Hough Conrad and her brief love writings with a missionary who was serving in…

The Holy Priesthood, the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Community

“The Perfect Union of Man and Woman”: Reclamation and Collaboration in Joseph Smith’s Theology Making

Givens argues that one of the things that Joseph Smith was trying to restore was teachings taught to Adam and Eve, in particular men and women working together. Givens also highlighted the existence of Heavenly…

Palmyra Redemption: July 18, 2015

Joseph Smith and the Sources of Love

The Church and the Law

The Significance of Joseph Smith’s

In this early article, Allen shows that the First Vision was not well known during Joseph Smith’s lifetime. It became well known after the Prophet’s death, which is when missionaries started to teach about it…

“’I Never Knew a Time When I Did Not Know Joseph Smith”: A Son’s Record Of The Life And Testimony Of Sidney Rigdon

Sometime after Sidney Ridgon passed away, his son wrote a document detailing his father’s life, which he then gave it to the church. The entire document that Sidney Ridgon’s son wrote is contained in this…

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: A Conversation with Professor Atiya

It took little time to verify the authenticity of the find. The file containing the papyrus manuscripts also contained a letter signed by Emma Smith Bidamon, widow of the Prophet, showing that Joseph Smith was…

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: Phase One

Even the first preliminary stage of the operation is by no means completed, for we still have to determine exactly what the relationship was supposed to be between the official text and the Egyptian papyri…

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Book of Breathings

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

A description of the alleged Egyptain papyri used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Abraham.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Tentative Approach to the Book of Abraham

These developments seem to require forthright clarity in the direction of questioning the 1835-1842 linguistic skill of Joseph Smith, Jr., as a translator of ancient Egyptian symbols.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Joseph Smith Papyri: A Preliminary Report

He remarks that the BOOK OF BREATHINGS is a late (Ptolemaic and Roman periods) and greatly reduced version of the BOOK OF THE DEAD.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Summary Report

The Joseph Smith Egyptian papyri once consisted of at least six separate documents, possibly eight or more.

Joseph Smith as a Student of Hebrew

Zucker describes the efforts that Joseph Smith went through to study Hebrew. Joseph Smith’s personal behavior was apparently not changed, but in other aspects in later years there is evidence that Joseph Smith was using…

Mrs. Brodie and Joseph Smith: Exploding the Myth about Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet by F.L. Stewart

In response to Fawn Brodies’s biography of Joseph Smith, F.L. Stewart published a book called Exploding the Myth About Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet.

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: The Political Legacy of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: Joseph Smith and the Presidency, 1844

The Joseph Smith Papyri

Governor Thomas Ford and the Murderers of Joseph Smith

Member and non members have criticized Governor Thomas Ford of Illinois for his inability to save Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Huntress was arguing that Governor Ford had a lot of difficulties that he…

The Reliability of the Early History of Lucy and Joseph Smith

A Comment on Joseph Smith’s Account of His First Vision and the 1820 Revival

Ever since people first heard of the First Vision, the events surrounding it has been clouded by controversy. Crawley comments with historical references that help to clarify this controversy

Joseph Smith, An American Muhammad? An Essay On the Perils of Historical Analogy

Since around the time as the martyrdom, Joseph Smith has been compared to Muhammad who was the founder of Islam. Green and Goldrup presents evidence for how Islam and the church are different.

Joseph Fielding Smith: Faithful Historian

The Discomforter: Some Personal Memories of Joseph Fielding Smith

A Prophet’s Goodly Grandparents: Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage by Richard Lloyd Anderson

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

A Hint of an Explanation: The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri: an Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley

Review of An Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley, which discusses the papyri that Joseph Smith allegedly used to help translate the Book of Abraham. Hugh Nibley decided to state his case, but allow readers to form their…

The Law Above the Law: Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith

Jensen argues that this book is a mustread for anyone who is interested in ‘Mormon history, philosophy, and the law.’

Fate and the Persecutors of Joseph Smith: Transmutations of an American Myth

In the 1950s there was a book published call Fate of the Persecutors of Joseph Smith, which contains stories that have been part of folklore that have been passed down discussing what happened to the people…

Joseph Smith and Thomas Paine?: Mormon Answer to Skepticism: Why Joseph Smith Wrote the Book of Mormon by Robert N. Hullinger

Fawn McKay Brodie: An Oral History Interview

Joseph Smith and the Structure of Mormon Identity

Joseph Smith’s 1838 account of the First Vision has taken priority in structuring Mormon identity, despite the existence of different versions. This article explores why that version is so meaningful to Latter-day Saints, reflecting on…

Joseph Smith III’s 1844 Blessing and the Mormons of Utah

Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

Van Wagoner focuses on the seer stones that Joseph Smith used in the Book of Mormon translation process.

Protected: Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

The First Vision Controversy: A Critique and Reconciliation

Thoughts on the Mormon Scriptures: An Outsider’s View of the Inspiration of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith and Process Theology

The Benefits of Partisanship: Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism by Richard L. Bushman

Joseph Smith and the Clash of Sacred Cultures

Shortly after the church was organized, one of Joseph Smith’s main priorities during his lifetime was preaching to the Native Americans, who he believed to be the descendants of the Lamanites.

Joseph Smith, Sr., Dreams of His Namesake

The United Order of Joseph Smith’s Times

Joseph Smith and the Plurality of Worlds Idea

The Joseph Smith Translation and Ancient Texts of the Bible

Rediscovering the Context of Joseph Smith’s Treasure Seeking

Taylor identifies the history behind the Smith Family and treasure seeking. During the 19th century treasure seeking is associated with both greed, but also obtaining spirtual knowledge like in Joseph Smith’s case.

Alpine Day Appearances: Joseph Smith Appears Before the Alpine Ward

Uncle Joseph Smith, 1781-1854: Patriarchal Bridge

Methods and Motives: Joseph Smith III’s Opposition to Polygamy, 1860-90

When Joseph Smith III preached his first sermon as a leader of the Reoganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Amboy, Illinois, on 6 April 1860, he expressed his unqualifed aversion to…

Before Constantine, After Joseph Smith: Ante Pacem: Archeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine

The “New Mormon History” Reassessed in Light of Recent Book on Joseph Smith and Mormon Origins

A Prophet’s Progress: The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith

The Papers of the Prophet: The Papers of Joseph Smith: Volume 1, Autobiographical and Historical Writings

Affidavits Revisited: Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reexamined by Rodger I. Anderson

The Administrative Role of the Presidency: The Founding Prophet: An Administrative Biography of Joseph Smith, Jr.

RLDS Church Archivist Ronald E Romig expected The Founding Prophet: An Administrative Biography of Joseph Smith, Jr. to be exclusively about Joseph Smith.

Joseph Smith’s “Inspired Translation” of Romans 7

The Psychology of Religious Genius: Joseph Smith and the Origins of New Religious Movements

Foster dives in deep into the psychology behind Joseph Smith’s decisions while he was still living. 

Easy-to-Read: A Consumer’s Report: The Easy-to-Read Book of Mormon: Based on the Work Translated by Joseph Smith, Jr.

From Temple to Anti-Mormon: The Ambivalent Odyssey of Increase Van Dusen

Toward an Introduction to a Psychobiography of Joseph Smith

One Face of the Hero: In Search of the Mythological Joseph Smith

Snow puts Joseph Smith squarely within Joseph Campbell’s famous work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which is also known as the heroes journey.

The Locations of Joseph Smith’s Early Treasure Quests

Vogel uses firsthand accounts of people’s reactions to Joseph Smith’s treasure digging.

Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

“Critical” Book of Mormon Scholarship: New Approaches to the Book of Mormon

A Trajectory of Plurality: An Overview of Joseph Smith’s Thirty-three Plural Wives

Of Prophets and Pale Horses: Joseph Smith, Benjamin West, and the American Millenarian Tradition

Joseph Smith’s Emendation of Hebrew Genesis 1:1

Joseph Smith’s Interpretation of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon

Sex and Prophetic Power: A Comparison of John Humphrey Noyes with Joseph Smith, Jr.

Plural Marriage, Singular Lives: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith by Todd Compton

Being Joseph Smith: The Sword of Laban: Joseph Smith, Jr., and the Dissociated Mind

Lucy’s Own Voice: Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir

Book of Mormon Stories: Digging in Cumorah: Reclaiming Book of Mormon Narratives

Friendly History: Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise, by Glen M. Leonard

Wars of Preemption, Wars of Revenge

Why I Can’t Write My Joseph Smith Play

Would Joseph Smith Attend the New York State Arts Festival?

My “Affair” with Fawn McKay Brodie: Motive Pain and Pleasure

Sestina of the Martyrdom

Critique of a Limited Geography for Book of Mormon Events

Form Criticism of Joseph Smith’s 1823 Vision of the Angle Moroni

A Uniform and Common Recollection: Joseph Smith’s Legacy, Polygamy, and the Creation of Mormon Public Memory

Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the American Renaissance

Prophecy and Palimpsest

The Earliest Eternal Sealing for Civilly Married Couples Living and Dead

Martin Harris: The Kirtland Years, 1831-1870

Joseph Smith, by Robert V. Remini

A Biographer’s Burden: Evaluating Robert Remini’s Joseph Smith and Will Bagley’s Brigham Young

Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon

“There Really is a God and He Dwells in the Temporal Parietal Lobe of Joseph Smith’s Brain”

Keywords: Joseph Smith, Language Change, and Theological Innovation, 1829-44

The Open Canon and Innovation: Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith by Gary James Bergera

“He Was ‘Game'”: Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet by Dan Vogel

By Any Standard, A Remarkable Book: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman with the assistance of Jed Woodworth

Two Perspectives on the Life and Times of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman with the Assistance of Jed Woodworth

Is Joseph Smith Relevant to the Community of Christ?

I spoke as a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints/Communit y of Christ. As a result, I had a decidedly different perspective on Joseph Smith than my co-panelists.

The Diary of a Historian: On the Road With Joseph Smith by Richard Lyman Bushman

The Encounter of the Young Joseph Smith with Presbyterianism

Joseph Smith: Lost and Found

A Small History of Joseph Smith; Biography of Eugene England

Prophet, Seer, Revelator, American Icon Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens, eds., Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries

Joseph Smith in Hermeneutical Crisis

Joseph Smith as a Creative Interpreter of the Bible

Salvation through a Tabernacle: Joseph Smith, Parley P. Pratt, and Early Mormon Theologies of Embodiment

A discussion of the theology of the body being combined with the spirit for various different reasons.

Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail as an Epistolary Rhetoric

Making Visible the Hand of Ritual: Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842–1845: A Documentary History; Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845–1846: A Docu

(Re)Interpreting Early Mormon Thought: Synthesizing Joseph Smith’s Theology and the Process of Religion Formation

Samuel Morris Brown. In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death

Reviews: Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 1: 1832–1839Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 2: December 1841–April 1843

Review: J. Spencer Fluhman. “A Peculiar People”:Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America

Joseph Smith, Captain Kidd Lore, and Treasure-Seeking in New York and New England during the Early Republic

Soul as Seen by Joseph Smith

Another Look at Joseph Smith’s First Vision

Canto 12

The “”Breathing Permit of Hor”” Thirty-Four Years Later

In 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York made a gift to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of eleven papyrus fragments once owned by Joseph Smith and employed as the…

Joseph Smith’s Identification of “Abraham” in Papyrus: JS the “Breathing Permit of Hor”

In 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York made a gift to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of eleven papyrus fragments once owned by Joseph Smith and employed as the…

The Book of Abraham and the Islamic Qisas al-Anbiya’ (Tales of the Prophets) Extant Literature

“Perhaps the most controversial and intensely contested revelatory claim of Joseph Smith Jr. is his translation of ancient papyri ostensibly written by the hand of Abraham.”

Knowing Brother Joseph Again: The Book of Abraham, and Joseph Smith as Translator

The problem took another turn when Joseph Smith’s papyri, which had been missing and presumed lost for eighty to ninety years, resurfaced in 1967 and were examined and translated by Egyptologists.