Religion and Theology
Pages 10 (2510 words)
Running Head: Religion and Theology The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Joseph Smith’s Biblical Struggle A Discussion Paper Name Course Title Name of Professor Date of Submission Introduction From the moment he founded in 1830 the Church of Christ until his last breath, Joseph Smith broadened the models of biblical practice he started in his teen and young adult years.
Putting his own understanding of ‘prophetic authority’ into the general ideas of scholarship widespread in his time, he carried out an amendment of the Bible itself. In addition and, partly, as a result, a series of revelation emanated from the Prophet. Every one of them reflected features instituted in the past: they were filled with biblical icons, phrases, and themes, but were themselves self-governing religious traditions. Thorough analysis of these revelations, to the biblical amendment of Smith, and to his homilies and accompanying Bible usages reveals his idea of scripture to have been unrestrained when evaluated against those of his counterparts (Parry, 2004). For Smith, scripture was not the passive, predetermined, impervious, irreversible Bible that it was for large numbers of antebellum Christians (Barlow, 1997). Even though his dedication to it was profound, the Bible was for him temporary, dynamic, practical, subject to modification, written and spoken, diverse in its sources, and inferior to actual interaction with God. The Book of Mormon was marketed on the 26th of March 1830. ...