THE ANNOTATED EDITION OF THE REVELATIONS OF JOSEPH SMUTH, JR

Annotated Edition
The Revelations of
Joseph Smith, Jr.

COMPILED and EDITED BY

David R. Hocking

EDITOR

Table of Contents362 Pages with Insights, Illustrations, Artwork and Reformatted Text.

The Annotated Edition of The Revelations of Joseph Smith, Jr. has the chronological history of the Restoration as recorded in his personal journal. It is divided in 4 distinct time periods:

  • The coming forth of the Book of Mormon (20 revelations)
  • The Church of Christ period (April 6, 1830-May 3, 1834; 90 revelations)
  • The Church of the Latter Day Saints period (May 3, 1834-April 26, 1838; 14 revelations)
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints period (April 26, 1838; 20 revelations)

From the gorgeous cover with new artwork by David Lindsley, to the gilded pages filled with annotations, insights and a comprehensive Index, the book’s unique appeal stems, in part, from the fact that it is the first edition of Joseph Smith’s revelations to be arranged in chronological order creating a form of a narrative as the restoration of the fulness of the gospel and priesthood keys are obtained. The voices of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are in red text which enhances their roles in instructing and guiding Joseph and the Saints in the early stages of the restoration of the Church.

The early revelations given to the young Joseph Smith in rural upstate New York and in Harmony Township, PA, from July 1828 to the beginning of the summer of 1829, prepared him and those who were to assist him, in the translating and printing of the Book of Mormon. The voice of Jesus Christ is heard throughout each revelation, encouraging him and reproving him as he translates an ancient Nephite record inscribed on golden metal plates in a long-lost language, initially as an abridged record by the Prophet and Historian Mormon taken from the Large Plates of Nephi while living in Harmony Township, PA, then later as first-person accounts of Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom and others taken from the Small Plates of Nephi while staying at the Whitmer log home in Fayette, NY. As obstacles are encountered, Jesus counsels Joseph to keep the commandments, and his calling to translate and bring forth the ancient history would prevail.

Additional Scripture that enlarges on the book of Genesis will be revealed through Joseph Smith without the presence of metal plates, parchments, ancient written languages, or with the divine aid of instruments or interpreters. Joseph will have matured in his ability to receive the will of God, whether it be for an individual, the collective body of the Church of Christ, or from an ancient Scriptural text that has not yet, or will be, found or translated into English.

The Annotated Edition of the Revelations of Joseph Smith, Jr. gives powerful testimony to the young Prophet Joseph Smith and the revelations he received that enhances the history of the founding the Church of Christ that eventually forms the current Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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WHAT IS THE ANNOTATED EDITION?

The Annotated Edition of  The Revelations of Joseph Smith, Jr. is more like a textbook for those that want more in-depth understanding of the people, places and events that shape the narrative. There are annotations, research articles, diagrams, charts and maps that are very helpful to understanding this ancient text that supports the Old Testament scripture.

EASY TO READ

You’ll find it easier (and much faster) to read and understand in its non-verse format. You can immediately tell by colors, indentations, paragraphs and quotations who is speaking.

ENLIGHTENMENT

The annotations, “Insight pages,” and comprehensive Appendix are all enlightening and testimony strengthening.

The Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon

INTRODUCTION TO FORMATTING STYLE ELEMENTS

THE ANNOTATED EDITION OF THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES has been formatted to enlarge our understanding of and give reverence to the voices of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.

THE ANNOTATION OF THE TEXT utilizes several style elements:

THE ANNOTATED EDITION OF THE REVELATIONS OF JOSEPH SMUTH, JR - text and formatting guide
Text Formatting Guide 2
  • Use of quotations when there is speech.
  • Use of paragraphs for complete thoughts.
  • Use of color for clarity of voice spoken: Red for Deity; Blue for angels and quoted scripture; italicized Blue for Satan.
  • Use of italics for paraphrased quotes.
  • Use of capitalized references to LORD, i.e. Thou, Thine, Thy, Thee, Me, Mine, He, Him, etc.
  • Use of style elements for emphasis, i.e., prophecies are indented.
  • Use of capitalized nouns.

The literary treatment combines verses into coherent paragraph structures then adds descriptive headers within chapters. Verse numbers are superscripted; poetical stanzas are shown in their Hebraic forms; quotation marks and indentation identify voices of speakers.

The Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon
Section Number Guide
Early Revelations
Date, Section Number, Age of Joseph
June 1829 Section 14
Church of Christ
Date, Section Number, Age of Joseph
Latter Day Saints
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Appendix
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