Mormon scholars ‘shoot for the top’ in new Oxford publication that shares 13 essays in historical context

SALT LAKE CITY — From the gold plates and the Book of Mormon to the Nauvoo Female Relief Society Leadership and Minute Book to several of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s journals and letters, the collection of 13 essays in “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources” (Oxford University Press, $74, 448 pages) utilizes insights from the Joseph Smith Papers and a focus on historical context to more fully understand foundational texts of Mormonism.

“Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources.” Image provided by Mark Ashurst-McGee

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The Joseph Smith Papers: The First 10 Years

The Joseph Smith Papers recently published its 17th volume associated with the life and works of Joseph Smith. The project, which began with the work of a single individual, has grown in scope and influence over its first decade.

Along the way, the project has changed in numerous ways, overcome challenges, garnered unprecedented popularity, secured academic prestige, and set the stage for a new era of Mormon history.

Joseph Smith Papers Release Party (Nov. 2008). Elder Russell M. Nelson was one of the Quorum of the Twelve advisers for the Church History Department at the time; Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy was Church Historian. Photo provided by Sharalyn Howcroft

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10 questions with the editors of ‘Foundational Texts of Mormonism’

I recently had the privilege to interview Mark Ashurst McGee, Robin Scott Jensen, and Sharalyn D. Howcroft. They are the editors of “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources.”

“Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources,” Image provided by Mark Ashurst-McGee

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