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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book; 1St Edition edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590389212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590389218
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Truly this book makes sense of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Jenny Sebring
Great resource for understanding the context and content of each of the sections of the D&C. Very helpful study guide.
spenjen
An excellent book that I highly recommend to accompany anyone's study of Restoration scripture.
Justin Soderquist

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Sebring on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Think page-turner and scripture reference in the same book. This one says more in a single volume than other D&C books say in 2 or 4. And it's not only comprehensive but fresh and fast-moving. Some D&C references state the obvious. This one is full of little-known storylines and characters that bring revelations to life. On every page there are new insights. The author is one of the editors of the Joseph Smith Papers and it shows. Because of his research, every page bursts forth with new information. Each chapter begins by explaining why a revelation was given, then delves into the revelation, then sums up how the early saints acted on it. It's a completely novel approach; one wonders why it's not been done before. Truly this book makes sense of the Doctrine and Covenants.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stan Barton on February 14, 2009
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Harper's book expands understanding of the Doctrine and Covenants by providing the historical and social context of the revelations. Each section in the Doctrine and Covenats has its own chapter in the book divided into Origin, Content, and Outcome divisions, which I found very useful. The Notes/References are very detailed and provide the opportunity for additional study.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin Soderquist on February 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Steven Harper does an excellent job throughout providing a wealth of pertinent and interesting background material, all carefully documented, while at the same time providing an inspiring perspective on the role of the different sections of the Doctrine and Covenants in the history and doctrinal development of the Church. An excellent book that I highly recommend to accompany anyone's study of Restoration scripture.

Revelations of the Restoration
A Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, Volume 1
Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, Volume 2 (Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants)
A Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, Vol. 3: Sections 81-105
A Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, Vol. 4: Sections 106 - 138
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jannette on April 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book explains the setting, but even better the historical results of the revelation! It is so helpful to know what happened afterwards. Did the people heed the revelation or not? For example, I found the explanation of Section 112 interesting. It was given to Thomas Marsh at his request. However, he was too arrogant to follow the direction given to him. He later left the Church. Late in life he returned to the Church, much humbled. He said, "The Lord could get along very well without me...but O! what have I lost?"
I have a better understanding of the history of the Church because of reading this book. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Tady on June 17, 2013
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This was an excellent historical review of each of the sections in the Doctrine and Covenants, as well as the two official declarations. The thing that struck me most reading this were the various themes that run through the history of the D&C.

For example, the law of consecration has never been rescinded and still applies to all the members of the church. Unfortunately, because of an editing error in the 1981 edition of our scriptures, many people mistakenly equate the law of consecration with the "United Order," which is actually the code name that Joseph Smith gave to the United Firm, a company created to unite the educational and publishing efforts of the church with the various operations the church had to care for the influx of poor converts gathering to Kirtland. When God disbanded the United Firm (which is called the United Order in our 1981 scriptures), He did not intend to end the law of consecration, but because many people today believe that the United Order is just another name for consecration, they believe that the law of consecration no longer applies to us. Even more pernicious is the false notion that the law of tithing -- as a "lower law" governing our financial obligation to God -- actually replaced the law of consecration.

Another example of a common theme (and this one almost seems too obvious to discuss) is how revelation is received. Most of the revelations in the D&C are in the voice of God, but there are several that were letters from Joseph Smith to the saints, and a couple that were declarations or articles written by church leaders regarding a specific topic (e.g., following the laws of the land, the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guyzen on February 21, 2014
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I took both of Steven Harper's Doctrine and Covenants classes at BYU and this book reads just like his classes. Harper takes you through the context, outcome, and meat of all the revelations and it is a fascinating read. This book will help you appreciate the modern day revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith and others in the restoration of the gospel.
Using this book as a guide will help the reader really look at the revelations differently and understand them better. It also provides a blueprint of how to better understand the importance of revelation and how it is received. What's fascinating about this book is what people did once they did receive a revelation and how they did or didn't apply that to their lives.
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