Whether one believes him or not, the discussion has focused on whether Smith's English texts represent literal translations of extant source documents. “See that little ‘a.’ Now let’s look down to the cross-references. Continuing further, the revelation states that “Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing. The Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible, also known as the Inspired Version (IV), was written by Joseph from 1830 to 1833. .” [6] Thus the story is further dismissed as simply “saga and legend.” [7]. Genesis 24:2, 9 (JST, Genesis 24:2, 8). However, the covenant is best elaborated in connection with Abraham wherein it is called an “everlasting covenant” (JST, Genesis 13:13). Approaching the study of the JST is a lifetime endeavor to which we each bring different levels of gospel scholarship. 28 It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God; 29 And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will, unto as many as believed on his name. But, if the children are born whole, then how does one account for the wickedness in our society? In this regard, Elder James E. Talmage said, “The opening chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a textbook of geology, archeology, earth-science, or man-science.” [3]. Did God just place a spirit in man at one point in his evolutionary development from lower forms? Therefore, even though men sin, through faith in Christ, true repentance, and baptism, they can be given the gift of the Holy Ghost, and by living in the Lord’s way, be justified, sanctified, sealed up to eternal life, and eventually dwell in his presence. 30 For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by himself; that every one being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course; 31 To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world. Monte S. Nyman and Robert L. Millet (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1985), 51–70. How Is the Book of Moses Related to JST, Genesis? The Lord called on men everywhere by the Holy Ghost to repent. In the JST this is considerably strengthened: “I, the Almighty God, give unto thee a commandment; that thou shalt walk uprightly before me, and be perfect” (emphasis added). The sons and daughters divided two and two in the land and had children of their own. made all things known unto their sons and their daughters. One afternoon, shortly after the “new” King James Version, LDS Edition came out, I boarded the Wasatch Boulevard bus going south on State Street in Salt Lake City and found that there was only one seat vacant—right in the middle of the back row. Genesis 14:24 (JST, Genesis 14:25–40). He was their creator and all of creation was good. Each year, plan to attend BYU's Easter Conference. Since these blessings are contingent on man’s overcoming his personal sins, it is no surprise that the most persistent single injunction in the early record is for men to repent. How long did it take? The Joseph Smith Translation, also called the Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures, is a revision of the Bible by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, who said that the JST/IV was intended to restore what he described as “many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled.” Smith died before he deemed it complete, though … Among these the idea that the name Beer-la-hai-roi applies first to the angel who visits fleeing Hagar and, only second, "for a memorial" (Heb. This revelation to the latter-day prophet came at the time when he was being instructed to begin the inspired study, translation, or revision of the Bible. The only direct reference to priesthood in KJV Genesis is to Melchizedek, priest of the most high God (see Genesis 14:18–20). The Rabbis who prefer the traditional “ex-nihilo” translation of Genesis suggest this “better” translation implies God built his kingdom on a dung hill. Moses, the eighty-year-old shepherd of Midian, spoke to him “face to face” (Moses 1:2), beheld the world and the end thereof (1:8), was instructed at the time of the burning bush (1:17), received the call to deliver Israel from its long Egyptian bondage (1:6, 26), and was commanded to “write the things which I shall speak” (1:40). And men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish” (JST, Genesis 4:13/Moses 5:12–13.) This work differs from the KJV in at least 3,410 verses and consists of additions, deletions, rearrangements, and other alterations that cause it to vary not only from the KJV but from other biblical texts. Figure 2. In summary, to gain insights into the book of Genesis, it has been suggested that: However, the search of the dedicated student or teacher will not end here. Joseph’s prophecies to his children just prior to his death included: the mission of Moses; the calling of a latter-day Joseph and the Restoration; writings which Joseph would be instrumental in bringing forth to be joined with those of Judah to the “confounding of false doctrine,” and bringing Israel to a knowledge of their fathers and their covenants. Easter Conference. 11. The indications that at least part of this revelation was received while Joseph was studying the lives of these ancient patriarchs is very persuasive. [10] C.F. Who was the prophet-scribe? B. H. Roberts, (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932–51), 1:97. . 27 And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch. The introduction to Old Testament Revision 1 on the Joseph Smith Papers website notes some of the significant passages in the Book of Moses and JS’s revision of Genesis chapters 1–24. Judging from the more complete revelation to Moses (found in JST, Genesis), could not ancient and modern Israel conclude that among the most important things they … George A. Horton Jr., “Insights into the Book of Genesis,” in The Joseph Smith Translation: The Restoration of Plain and Precious Truths, ed. The patriarch Joseph prophesies of the coming of Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt, as well as a future prophet called Joseph, named after his father. The manuscript of the JST shows that Joseph Smith … And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation” (D&C 107:53–56). What about organic evolution? Compare Genesis 1:1–6:13. Jesus Christ (the Only Begotten Son) was called before the foundation of the world to be the Savior and Redeemer. Joseph Smith Translation Genesis 16, Part One: Beer-la-hai-roi The Prophet Joseph Smith's New Translation of Genesis 16 brings rich surprises. To call this version a “translation” gives a false impression. Instead of trying to squeeze out information that doesn’t seem to have been in the Genesis account in the first place (indeed, may not yet be revealed—consider Doctrine and Covenants 101:32–34), let us ask the following: What is the source of the book? Were there pre-Adamites? Melchizedek’s great ministry and the powers and blessings of the Melchizedek Priesthood are described. Thus Satan became the author of secret combinations of darkness. “For behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord” (1 Nephi 13:26). 37 And he lifted up his voice, and he blessed Abram, being the high priest, and the keeper of the storehouse of God; 38 Him whom God had appointed to receive tithes for the poor. [1] Joseph Smith, History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ed. The Lord ordained Noah (see JST, Genesis 8:7/Moses 8:19 and cf. Was Adam brought from another planet? Genesis 6:6 (JST, Genesis 8:15; Moses 8:25). Excerpt from the article ‘Prophecies in the Bible about Joseph Smith’, published in the Ensign, January 1989: 1 Critics might argue that the Joseph Smith Translation contains references to Joseph Smith because he himself translated it. Satan agreed to submit to Cain’s commands in return for Cain’s entering into the secret oaths to commit murder. What is an intelligence? 14. After laboring off and on for ten months on the early chapters of Genesis, Joseph Smith received a revelation from the Lord on March 7, 1831, directing him to begin work on the New Testament: "It shall not be given unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known; wherefore I give unto you that ye may now translate it" (D&C 45:60-61). [2] Therefore, when we read the book of Moses we are in reality reading the first chapters of JST, Genesis. In the Book of Mormon, Ammon defined a seer as one who possessed “a gift from God” to translate ancient records (Mosiah 8:13; see also Mosiah 28:11–16). Righteous patriarchs did teach their children “in the ways of God” (JST, Genesis 6:12, 22, 43/Moses 6:13, 21, 41), and those who learned to “walk with [the Lord]” and “abide” in him (JST, Genesis 6:36/Moses 6:34) became the sons and daughters of God. Genesis 21:33 (JST, Genesis 21:31). Genesis 19:8 (JST, Genesis 19:11). What other unique textual contributions are given? Since our individual insights usually come according to the level of spiritual maturity which we bring to the task, you may be able to add to the following basic questions: When discussing the Genesis creation story, what teacher has not been pressed with questions such as: How was the earth created? Brigham Young University Is it possible that most of these questions totally miss the mark? The translation of the Bible through Joseph Smith must be a major part, if not the direct fulfillment, of this prophecy. To Enoch it was revealed that after Adam was baptized and received the Holy Ghost, the Lord said, “And thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity” (Moses 6:67), thus referring to the Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God, now called the Melchizedek Priesthood (cf. Christ suffered for sins and we will return to him if we repent. He finished the chapter, slowly closed the book, and began to gaze out the window. “We will have the men, and they daughters also.” The latter was their idea, not Lot’s, contrary to the Genesis account. Additional details not referred to heretofore (and missed by the man on the bus) include the faith of Melchizedek who had great power to perform many miracles; that men having such faith (including his people) were translated and joined the city of Enoch; Melchizedek was appointed the keeper of the storehouse of God and henceforth was the appropriate one to whom tithes were paid. Where did it all begin? It's a great volume! Where was he at the time? Israel had a great patriarchal lineage going back to Adam. “The sins of the parents [e.g., Adam and Eve] cannot be answered upon the heads of the children, for they are whole from the foundation of the world” (JST, Genesis 6:56/, Man’s nature is not fallen to begin with, but “they loved Satan more than God. It was Noah, not the Lord, who was sorry (repented) that the Lord had made man. He was the Lord God who spoke to Adam and all the prophets. The title of the former seems appropriate since the first book of the Bible in some editions is given as “The First Book of Moses Called Genesis.” (See title of Genesis in the King James Version.). 25 And Melchizedek lifted up his voice and blessed Abram. Robert J. Matthews has pointed out that “most of the revelations dealing with doctrinal subjects [found in the D&C] were revealed to Joseph Smith . They are to believe in him, hearken to his word, be baptized in his name, and pray to the Father in his name. This includes writings of Enoch, some of which have already been cited. The JST clarifies these fundamental aspects of the nature of man: “The Son of God hath atoned for original guilt, wherein the sins of the parents cannot be answered upon the heads of the children, for they are whole from the foundation of the world” (JST, Genesis 6:56/Moses 6:54; emphasis added). When priesthood is mentioned covenants most assuredly will be there also. Jacob acknowledges that Joseph was to save the house of Israel, and Joseph’s children were to be blessed above those of his brethren. JST, Hebrews 7:3; D&C 107:3). Genesis 50:24-38. Other evidence of an initial restriction comes from Joseph Smith’s response to what seems to have been a 31 July 1832 request by William W. Phelps to publish portions of the Bible translation that had been made to that date. He was prepared before the foundation of the world—chosen to suffer for men if they would repent. When introducing the covenant to Abraham, in the King James Version Abraham is instructed to “walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Genesis 17:1). If he applies his knowledge properly, his ship (the good ship Inspired Interpretation) will surely sail safely through difficult waters to the blissful shore. G. Eerdmans Publishing Company, n.d.), 1:116. . None of the foregoing information is found in either Genesis or JST, Genesis directly, but “These things were all written in the books of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time” (D&C 107:57). Adam was told to repent, and he in turn called upon his sons to repent. If we organized all the scriptures chronologically (in parallel columns) so the scriptural story could be read as completely as possible, we might be mildly shocked at Genesis 5:21–24 (the Enoch material), when instead of five or ten or even twenty-five additional verses in the JST, there are 111 consecutive verses with no counterpart in the common edition of Genesis. He will continue to look for valuable insights wherever they may be found, and be persuaded that the most valuable commentary on the scriptures are the scriptures themselves (e.g., Lehi on the fall of Adam, Alma on the tree of life, Paul on a variety of topics relating to the early patriarchs and covenants). for in heaven created I them.”. “Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob . While engaging in such a concentrated study of the scriptures, it was natural for him to ask questions and ponder on various subjects, inquire of the Lord, and receive divine revelation in answer to his inquiry.” [11] Of what consequence could this be to a greater understanding of Genesis? “But behold, Cain hearkened not, saying: Who is the Lord that I should know him? The fact that the gospel of redemption was taught from the beginning has to be one of the most exciting insights we encounter in our gospel study. 8. His well-worn Bible appeared to be one of the old black-covered Cambridge missionary editions, and he was reading Genesis 14. The Prophet was working on the Genesis portion of the translation on and off during the period of June 1830 to June 1835—the latter date including a period when an additional review was specifically made of Genesis 1 through 5. le-zikkaron ) to the nearby well, where Isaac later camped. Does The Joseph Smith Translation of The Bible Conflict with The Book of Mormon? The Lord God (Jehovah) was their God. Those covenants mentioned directly or indirectly include tithing (Genesis 14:20), priesthood (JST, Genesis 6:7/Moses 6:7), and baptism (Moses 6:52). When did he write? The scriptures explain by saying that “when they begin to grow up, sin conceiveth in their hearts” (JST, Genesis 6:56/Moses 6:55). One will note that Genesis 5 gives the patriarchal line from Adam to Noah, indicating little more than the age of the patriarchs when the sons in the patriarchal line of succession were born. This text of the Bible was restored by Joseph Smith and is published in the Pearl of Great Price as Selections from the Book of Moses. In most of the passages there is an emphasis on the fact that man becomes that way, clearly implying he was not so to begin with. “Every green herb” becomes “every clean herb.”, 3. 36 And this Melchizedek, having thus established righteousness, was called the king of heaven by his people, or, in other words, the King of peace. . Smith and his followers used the term translation to describe the genesis of these English scriptures, which remain canonical for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Were there dinosaurs before Adam? At Cain’s birth, Adam and Eve were filled with great anticipation. ... Hat Tip to Joseph Smith. 32 And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven. Most of us probably don’t fully appreciate or have a true perspective on the value of the JST because we have been using part of it for such a long time (i.e., the book of Moses). Contrary to the traditional Christian view of being dejected, conscience-smitten, beaten, hanging their heads in shame, and in a general state of hopelessness, when they comprehended the implications of the Fall, Adam and Eve sort of jumped up and clicked their heels. Then the revelation continues to indicate at what age and by whom each of the patriarchs was ordained, down to and including Noah (see D&C 107:44–52). [4] He is the Almighty of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the great I Am—and Jehovah of the Old Testament. His ship (the good ship Private Interpretation) will surely be on a collision course—he will miscalculate, and if he does not make the proper corrections may, like the Titanic, sink unto the depths of faulty interpretation and misunderstanding from which it is difficult to return. In no other place in scripture is the need to repent more consistently emphasized than in the JST. The translation of the Bible through Joseph Smith must be a major part, if not the direct fulfillment, of this prophecy. Genesis 4:1–8 (JST, Genesis 4:2–5:13; Moses 5:2–28). Consider the JST, Genesis contributions: The Lord Jesus Christ and Satan represent the two great forces vying for man’s allegiance in this life—(1) the power of life, truth, love, service and salvation offered by Jesus Christ, or (2) the power of death, error, darkness, and damnation which come by following Satan. Lot’s incestuous daughters “did wickedly.”. The Prophet and his contemporaries called it the New Translation, as it is also named in a revelation in the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 124:89). Will we choose to serve the Lord, or, by deliberate choice (or default), serve Satan? 2. The featured speakers will talk about the Savior, his life, his mission, the Atonement, and his influence in our lives today. Also promised is that one would be raised up in the latter days to once again bring Israel to a knowledge of the covenants (JST, Genesis 50:31). v. t. e. The Joseph Smith Translation ( JST ), also called the Inspired Version ( IV ), was a revision of the Bible by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. 9. We can only wonder to what extent the seeming systematic failure of these topics to be found in the common version of Genesis represents a calculated effort to obscure Satan’s struggle for souls. The antecedent given to us in “Let us make man” is the Father and the Only Begotten Son in whose image man is made. [8] S. Kent Brown, “The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible: A Panel,” in Scriptures for the Modern World, ed. This also explains why the Lord was grieved when Noah’s daughters accepted marriage proposals from the sons of men (i.e., those who would not hearken) (JST, Genesis 8:3/Moses 8:15. It is clear that “every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning” (D&C 93:38), and can remain that way unless there is failure to yield to “the enticings of the Holy Spirit” (Mosiah 3:19). [11] “A Plainer Translation”: Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible, A History and Commentary (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1975), 257; also cf. The early record provides ample examples of the consequences of such a decision. From this, who could possibly reconstruct the history or operation of the priesthood for approximately twenty-five hundred years—from Adam to Moses? 36 And this Melchizedek, having thus established righteousness, was called the king of heaven by his people, or, in other words, the King of peace. Grant Building Smith considered this work to be "a branch of his calling" as a prophet. Genesis 50:31 in the Joseph Smith Translation and II Nephi 3:12 say the biblical Joseph’s descendants are to write scripture (LDS say it is the Book of Mormon) and Judah’s descendants were also to write scripture (the Bible) and those two books would end false doctrines, contentions and bring peace to Joseph’s descendants. Beware, this doesn't contain the whole text of the Bible. In total, JS made changes to about 1,300 Old Testament verses (Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 5). The Joseph Smith Translation of John 1:1 is fraught with egregious errors which, considered in context, have important implications on Joseph Smith’s claims to be a prophet. If you would like the no frames version click here That these writings were not only for the Hebrew slaves is revealed in the added note that “in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught and take many of them from the book which thou shalt write, behold, I will raise up another like unto thee; and they shall be had again among the children of men—among as many as shall believe” (1:41). Here Joseph writes into the Bible a “prophecy” predicting that he, Joseph Smith Jr., will be a prophet of God. It would be hard to overestimate the negative psychological impact this false doctrine would have on a person’s life when trying to overcome individual weaknesses and gain eternal perfection. And numerous others that you can think of. See Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 70. Before considering many unique changes, it might be observed that Joseph Smith’s work anticipates some of the very elements and themes emerging from recently discovered apocryphal texts, including segments about Adam, Enoch, Melchizedek, Abraham, and Joseph, thereby providing additional evidence of Joseph Smith’s prophetic calling. “Adam and Eve . Did you know that you skipped over sixteen complete verses of scripture that you didn’t even read?”, Reaching into my briefcase, I pulled out my new KJV, LDS Edition. . It was prepared by Orson Pratt in 1878 as he edited the Pearl of Great Price to be presented in the general conference of the Church. [5]. What great gospel themes are better clarified in the JST? Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion, made a number of changes to the King James Bible that is known today as either the Inspired Version or Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible. In this regard, we can see a similarity to eighteen verses in Doctrine and Covenants 107. 7. . If we go back to the Joseph Smith Translation [hereafter referred to as JST] in the appendix, we will find sixteen more verses of scripture which you did not read.” The questioning look on his face was obvious, but before he could even finish his next question, “What does it say?” I had already closed my book and was putting it back in my briefcase. One of the most significant dimensions of this quest for insights is represented by sources that are not actually in the JST itself, but which might be considered an extension of it. Our current book of Moses is taken from JST, Genesis. 40 And it came to pass, that God blessed Abram, and gave unto him riches, and honor, and lands for an everlasting possession; according to the covenant which he had made, and according to the blessing wherewith Melchizedek had blessed him. 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