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The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 2, December 1841 - April 1843 Hardcover – November 15, 2011
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The editors of the volume have produced transcripts that scholars may rely upon with confidence. . . . Ancillary material included in the volume and on the Smith Papers website is outstanding and will serve as an essential reference library to scholars. . . . The examination of this volume revealed no reason to doubt that the editors have risen to the challenge and produced an unfiltered view of the documents left behind by the founders of the Church. In ways both subtle and immediately evident it is clear that the editing standards applied at the Smith Papers are forthright and rigorous. --Hobson Woodward, Mormon Historical Studies 13, nos. 1-2 (Spring/Fall 2013): 239-241
The value of this volume lies in the journals themselves, the annotations, and the remaining scholarly apparatus. All reflect the resources and talent that the Church History Department continues to devote to this venture. . . . The chronology, outstanding maps, biographical directory, complex charts of church officers, and bibliography will all also be of great use to anyone active in Mormon Studies. Any instructor with students who might write research papers on Mormon topics should have their libraries buy the (not inexpensive) volumes of the JSP. --John Turner, "Joseph Smith Journals," Religion in American History (blog), Dec. 6, 2011
One of the lasting contributions of the JSPP generally will be their highly meticulous transcription process. . . . The depth of the editors' familiarity with every imaginable feature of the journals and their context is really quite astonishing. . . . It includes generous reference materials documenting civil and religious leadership, biographical details and local cartography. Journals 2 maintains the highest standards of the project s preceding releases, while incorporating the vast and complex available context of the Nauvoo period. --J. Stapley, "Review: JSPP, Journals, Volume 2, 1842-1843," By Common Consent (blog), Jan. 6, 2012
About the Author
Andrew H. Hedges is an associate professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He received a bachelor's degree from Weber State University, a master's degree in Near Eastern studies from BYU, and a PhD in American history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alex D. Smith, a historian with the Joseph Smith Papers Project, received MA and BA degrees in history from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing a PhD in history from the University of Utah. His research interests and project specialization focus on the history of the church in Nauvoo.
Richard Lloyd Anderson is an emeritus professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He holds a BA in history from BYU, a JD from Harvard, an MA in Greek from BYU, and a PhD in ancient history from UC Berkeley.
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Because I am an attorney, I really liked the focus of this volume on the legal issues JS faced during this time period. The editors even included all of the petitions, affidavits, and court-issued documents from the habeas corpus proceeding in federal court, which I found fascinating to read. I must admit, however, that drafting legal documents in those days must have been terribly boring, given all of the stilted wordiness involved.
Finally, this volume contains entries that have since been canonized as scripture (or at least, were used to create the version of Section 130 of the Doctrine and Covenants that we have today) or refer to sermons or instruction from JS that we hear about all the time in the Church. Some of the doctrine contained in these teachings are now considered foundational (for example, the verses in Section 130 near the end that are all now "Scripture Mastery" passages in Seminary). It is interesting to see that these verses are actually based very heavily on notes that William Clayton took in his journal while listening to JS preach.
I'm excited for the third and final volume of this series to come out. I will almost certainly purchase it as soon as it does.
I am a great fan of the Joseph Smith Papers project and am pleased to see the great quality of these publications. The chronology, appendices, maps, biographical and other information make this a great resource on the life of Joseph Smith and many of his associates.