Joseph Smith Translating Genesis

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Joseph Smith Translating Genesis

Author Kent P. Jackson

Joseph Smith's revision of the Bible was one of his signature projects. Of the various sections of the Bible, Joseph Smith's Genesis revision has the most complex history as far as the documents are concerned. In this study, Kent Jackson focuses on that history and outlines the process by which the Mormon prophet produced his translation of Genesis from the earliest dictation of the text to its final state as the document was prepared for publication. He discusses Old Testament Manuscript 1, which includes the Visions of Moses and Genesis 1–24, as well as edits made to the text at various times. He then discusses Old Testament Manuscript 2, the first sixty-five pages of which contain the book of Genesis, and how this manuscript was prepared for publication. Jackson also shows that Joseph Smith completed his "translation" of the Bible and intended to publish it during his lifetime.