The "New Translation" of the Bible, 1830-1833: Doctrinal Development During the Kirtland Era

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The "New Translation" of the Bible, 1830-1833: Doctrinal Development During the Kirtland Era

Author Robert J. Matthews

This article will attempt to look at the Church in the early 1830s and, so far as it is possible, will trace the introduction of several important doctrinal concepts into the Church during that time. In this context we will discuss the role of new translation of the Bible in the restoration of the gospel in this dispensation. When speaking of the "development" of the Church doctrine, we do not mean particularly to dwell on an evolutionary phenomena but rather simply to emphasize that all of the doctrines were not revealed at once and that there has been a developmental increase of doctrine from continuing revelation. It is in the spirit of this principle that we trace the historical relationship that exists between Joseph Smith's new translation of the Bible and the increase of doctrine during the Kirtland period.