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Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible Electronic Library
by Scott H. Faulring, Kent P. Jackson

Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible Electronic Library brings together a wealth of information and recent scholarship on Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible. The Electronic Library also includes high-resolution images of every page of the original manuscripts, images and transcriptions of the earliest copies made from those manuscripts, and a collection of recently published studies based on the manuscripts. Each manuscript is preceded by a short introductory essay. This collection also includes the entire 851-page book, Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts, edited by Scott H. Faulring, Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews. This powerful electronic tool, developed at Brigham Young University, enables users of the Electronic Library to view the transcriptions, images, and printed texts either individually or side-by-side in any order, with full capacity to search each text. These transcriptions contain all the original manuscripts of Joseph Smith’s Bible translation. 19.95, 978-0-8425-2792-7

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Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry
by Karen Lynn Davidson, Jill Mulvay Derr

Hymns by Eliza R. Snow—such as "O My Father," "Behold the Great Redeemer Die," and "How Great the Wisdom and the Love"—evoke powerful religious imagery.

In her hymns and in her hundreds of other poems, Snow captured nineteenth-century Mormonism, where revelation and history intersected and Latter-day Saints labored for the meeting of heaven and earth they named Zion. Snow's poems convey many sublime truths about the human condition.

As Zion's honored spokeswoman, no public event in the Mormon community from the 1840s to the 1880s was complete without a contribution from her. "Through [Snow's poems] the names of many of the actors in the drama of Mormonism, will be handed down to posterity," wrote Emmeline B. Wells.

Intelligent, well-read, and articulate, Snow also had an understanding of the scriptures. Through her position in the inner circles of church leadership, her poetry, and her gifts as a spokeswoman, she became one of the most influential and best-known women in Mormon history.
As a result, this collection is as much biographical, historical, and theological as literary.
44.95, 978-0842527378

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An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870-1920
by Carol Cornwall Madsen

In her fifty years as a public figure, Emmeline B. Wells edited the Woman’s Exponent, represented Latter-day Saint women in national women’s organizations, courageously defended her religion in the halls of Congress, and helped mitigate anti-Mormon sentiments, all before becoming Relief Society General President in 1910 at age eighty-two. Her mediating efforts won friends inside and outside LDS circles and earned her a sculpted bust placed in a niche in the Utah state Capitol. The simple inscription speaks volumes: A Fine Soul Who Served Us.

Emmeline Wells left indelible footprints not only in Utah where she had a close working relationship with five church presidents but on the national stage, including interviews with four U.S. Presidents, one in her own home. . . . Madsen broadens and deepens what she began in her award-winning dissertation [on Wells’s life and work] to provide the full, engaging story of this woman who both chronicled and made history. Wells encouraged and inspired the women of her day. With Madsen’s eloquent retelling, Emmeline’s accomplishments may now inspire those of our own age, too.
29.95, 978-0842526159

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Taking the Gospel to the Japanese 1901 to 2001
by Van C. Gessel, Reid L. Neilson

The first Latter-day Saint missionaries to Japan encountered formidable language, religious, and cultural barriers. After considerable efforts, Church officials closed the mission in 1924. Later, the gospel was reintroduced in mid-century, when it took root.

Since that time, Mormon missionaries have baptized many believers, several missions have opened, auxiliary organizations such as the Relief Society have been instituted, and two temples have been constructed.

This volume celebrates the Church’s first hundred years among the Japanese. The articles explore such issues as the Japanese presses’ portrayal of Mormonism and answer questions such as what the historical and cultural challenges are to successful missionary work in Japan; why the Book of Mormon needed to be translated three times in one century; and whether Latter-day Saint converts hail from specific areas based on the region’s religious traditions.

The essays in the book let readers witness the expansion and growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints among the Japanese.
29.95, 978-0842525954

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Medical Aphorisms Treatises 6-9: A Parallel Arabic-English Edition
by Gerrit Bos

Medical Aphorisms is undoubtedly the best known and most compendious of Maimonides' medical works. It consists of about fifteen hundred aphorisms culled mainly from the treatises of Galen, either as direct quotations or as summaries, and arranged into twenty-five treatises.

Most of the traditional medieval medical subspecialties are represented in this work, including anatomy, physiology, gynecology, hygiene, and diet.

In addition, Maimonides includes a section addressing unusual cases from Galen, and another containing his own criticisms of Galen's theories.

The central subjects of the treatises in this volume are prognosis, aetiology, therapy, and pathology. Most of these aphorisms are based on the works of Galen. Because the source texts from which several of them were derived are no longer extant, these aphorisms provide tantalizing clues about aspects of Galen's thought that are otherwise unknown.

They, thus serve as a window onto the ancient medical theories of Galen as well as on the medieval practice of Maimonides.
39.95, 978-0842526647

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Mountain Meadows Massacre: the Andrew Jensen and David H. Morris Collections
by Richard Eyring Turley Jr., Ronald W. Walker

With all the controversy surrounding the massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, wouldn’t it be nice to get firsthand accounts from the participants in that tragic event?\

As Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr., and Glen M. Leonard were researching their book “Massacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy” (Oxford University Press, 2008), they discovered several oral interviews, written statements, and letters from some of those participants. These documents were crucial to their research, and now they are available in a new book, “Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collections,” copublished by Brigham Young University Press and University of Utah Press. This new book makes available two significant archival collections known but largely unavailable to previous researchers.

“During our years of research,” write Turley and Walker in the book’s preface, “we hoped to leave no source unturned. One bystander, hearing of our aspiration, asked where we thought we’d find the richest vein of materials. ‘Perhaps here in Salt Lake City,’ one of us said. That prediction proved to be accurate.” These two collections were both in possession of the LDS Church, but each has its own story.

The Jenson and Morris collections are now available in their entirety for the first time. In ”Mountain Meadows Massacre,” images of the original documents are accompanied by typed transcriptions, which reproduce original spelling, punctuation, strikethroughs, and inserted words or characters. Introductory text explains in detail how each document collection came to be, how the Church came to possess these materials, and where they were archived. Brief biographical sketches introduce the individuals who provided the information that appears in the document collections.

“While the massacre continues to shock and distress,” write the editors, “we hope that the publication of these documents will be a further step in facilitating understanding, sharing sorrows, and promoting reconciliation. We are honored to present these documents as supplements to ‘Massacre at Mountain Meadows.’”
44.95, 978-0-8425-2723-1

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The Worlds of Joseph Smith: A Bicentennial
by John W. Welch

Here are the papers presented at the international academic conference held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in recognition of the bicentennial of Joseph Smith's birth. These remarkable articles aim to elucidate Joseph's life and mission by positioning him—to the degree possible—within the larger framework of American spirituality and world religions.

Presenters included Latter-day Saint and other Christian scholars from Brigham Young University, Columbia University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pepperdine University, Roanoke College, the University of Richmond in Virginia, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and the University of Durham in England.
24.95, 978-0842526364

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The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon
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The close readings in this book bring many new details to light, making the legal cases in the Book of Mormon clear to ordinary readers, convincing to attorneys, and respectable to scholars of all types, whether Latter-day Saints or not.

All readers can identify with these compelling legal narratives, for they address pressing problems of ordinary people. These texts deserve repeated attention and repay careful analysis.

Appreciating both the subtle jurisprudential details and the persistent patterns in these legal dramas adds thought-provoking spiritual insights and practical perspectives to these significant proceedings.

The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon begins with a discussion of important background information, including legal practices in the ancient Near East, the ideal of righteous judgment, and the legal cases recorded in the Bible.

Welch then devotes a chapter to each of the legal cases in the Book of Mormon — from the formative cases of Sherem and Abinadi to the landmark trials of Nehor and Korihor, the wrenching prosecution of Alma and Amulek, and the politicized proceedings of Paanchi and Seantum. 34.95 978-0842527125

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Wayward Saints: the Social and Religious Protests of the Godbeites against Brigham Young
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A story that includes spiritualist séances, conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the 1870s challenge of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young’s leadership and authority. William S. Godbe and his associates protested against Young because they disliked his demanding community and resented what they perceived to be Young’s intrusion into matters of personal choice.

Excommunicated from the church, they established the “New Movement,” which eventually faltered. Both a study in intellectual history and an investigation of religious dissent, Wayward Saints explores nineteenth-century American spiritualism as well as the ideas and intellectual structure of first- and second-generation Mormonism.
24.95 978-0-8425-2735-4

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