Unfortunately, the KJV adds to the obscurity of this idea because the translations generally rendered the Hebrew tetragrammaton (i.e., Jod He Vav He) representing Jehovah (or Yahweh) to read Lord (i.e., large capital L and small capitals ord). . . What Is the Fundamental Message of Genesis? Genesis 1:30 (JST, Genesis 1:32; Moses 2:30). 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. And since the claims of Joseph Smith to be a prophet are directly tied to his claims to possess this gift, this gives us more than enough reason to reject Joseph Smith’s prophetic claims. Monte S. Nyman and Robert L. Millet (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1985), 51–70. A careful investigation of the actual use of this word in the Scriptures will unequivocally show that 'Elohim, while plural in form, is singular in concept. It was Noah, not the Lord, who was sorry (repented) that the Lord had made man. 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). Here Joseph writes into the Bible a “prophecy” predicting that he, Joseph Smith Jr., will be a prophet of God. [1] Joseph Smith, History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ed. 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. Brigham Young University The Lord called on men everywhere by the Holy Ghost to repent. Risking the possibility that he might not be LDS, I said, “Pardon me, do you mind if I ask you a question?” Looking a little surprised, he said, “No, go ahead.”, “Do you mind telling me why you are reading the old Bible when the new one is available?” Again he looked a little shocked at the challenge, but as he searched for words, he almost unconsciously pulled his book close to him and said, “I just like my old Bible, that’s all.” Then he added, “And besides, I guess it’s the money.”, “You can buy a new Bible at the Distribution Center for about seven dollars,” I suggested. 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. And Cain loved Satan more than God.” (JST, Genesis 5:4, 6/Moses 5:16, 18.). . Genesis was given to help raise a benighted people (ancient and modern) from their bondage to a renewed sense of who their creator is, who they are, what their blessings and responsibilities are, and the potential of their divine destiny. Where was he at the time? Men were to make offerings in similitude of his atoning sacrifice. Comprehensive Works Cited Faulring, Scott H., Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds. 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. Did God just place a spirit in man at one point in his evolutionary development from lower forms? They also were to bring salvation to the rest of Jacob’s house at a time when they were all bowed down in sin. (A great contrast to Osiris, Ammon Re, Ptah, Horus, Anubis, Hapi, Sobek, Khnum, Atum, and hundreds of other false deities in the Egyptian Pantheon, not to mention the Canaanite Baal, or the later trinitarian God of the current Christian creeds.). 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. Jesus Christ (the Only Begotten Son) was called before the foundation of the world to be the Savior and Redeemer. 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 … If you would like the no frames version click here He was the Lord God who spoke to Adam and all the prophets. Just then the buzzer rang for his stop, and as he started for the door, he looked back and grinned as if to say “Thanks!”. If he applies his knowledge properly, his ship (the good ship Inspired Interpretation) will surely sail safely through difficult waters to the blissful shore. 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). 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. Beware, this doesn't contain the whole text of the Bible. 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. This seems a most appropriate place to conclude. Cain’s unacceptable offering came only after Satan commanded it. Whether one believes him or not, the discussion has focused on whether Smith's English texts represent literal translations of extant source documents. Before considering the great gospel themes which become plain in the JST, one other preliminary observation could be made to emphasize the large amount of additional scripture that it makes available. made all things known unto their sons and their daughters. A book of remembrance was kept with which Adam’s children were taught a language which was pure and undefiled. After a pause, he said, “What’s so good about the new one?”, “Well, I happened to notice that you just read Genesis 14. The JST clearly provides the reason why Noah, his sons, and their wives boarded the boat and were saved, while the rest of their family, friends, and neighbors all went to a watery grave. 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. 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). ), Lest the value of the JST be missed, consider the conclusion reached in a popular Bible dictionary about the nature of the sons of God and daughters of men referred to in Genesis 6:2: “The text seems to imply that the gods married existing gigantic earthly women and that these marriages produced the mighty men . To appreciate the contribution of the JST on the adversary’s role, we remind ourselves that the word Satan occurs only nineteen times in the KJV Old Testament, and its first occurrence does not appear until 1 Chronicles 21:1. 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. [9] The Interpreter’s One Volume Commentary on the Bible, 6. . From the Joseph Smith … 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). 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. [8]. . What seemed to be the intent of his book? The order of events in Lot’s interaction with the wicked men of Sodom is changed. He was cast down and became the devil, the father of lies, to deceive, blind, and lead men captive. 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. Those who would not hearken became known as the sons and daughters of men. Joseph Smith Translation Genesis 16, Part One: Beer-la-hai-roi The Prophet Joseph Smith's New Translation of Genesis 16 brings rich surprises. Genesis 24:2, 9 (JST, Genesis 24:2, 8). The Lord God (Jehovah) was their God. Genesis 5:22–23 (JST, Genesis 6:21–7:78; Moses 6:21–7:69). 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. “We will have the men, and they daughters also.” The latter was their idea, not Lot’s, contrary to the Genesis account. Having sampled the main course, let’s go back and pick here and there at the relish plate. 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? According to the generally accepted Christian doctrine, man is born with the taint of original sin upon his soul; therefore, his nature is automatically evil. Each year, plan to attend BYU's Easter Conference. All I knew about him was where he got on and off the bus. Also, they worry that if the universe has an existence independent of God, this undermines basic theology. When did he write? Joseph Smith's claim that the word 'Elohim in Genesis 1:1, having a plural ending indicates that there are many gods is completely without merit. JST, Hebrews 7:3; D&C 107:3). Undoubtedly there were others who chose the path of faith and obedience, but the sacred records reflect that many in Adam’s generation did not enthusiastically lean toward spiritual things. [10] C.F. The man who studies the stories and message of Genesis without the aid of the Joseph Smith Translation is like unto the captain of a ship who, while viewing the tips of many icebergs (doctrines), tries to estimate their true size and shape without considering all information available and the underlying currents which affect their movement. Figure 2. The translation of the Bible through Joseph Smith must be a major part, if not the direct fulfillment, of this prophecy. G. Eerdmans Publishing Company, n.d.), 1:116. Thus we see the perfect justice of God in working with his children for their salvation. . “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). [4] He is the Almighty of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the great I Am—and Jehovah of the Old Testament. Genesis 19:8 (JST, Genesis 19:11). Genesis 50:24-38. What Other Unique Textual Contributions Are Given? Where did God come from? . 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. 11. The section summary for Doctrine and Covenants 107 indicates that portions of that particular revelation were received as early as November 1831 and that remainder is dated 28 March 1835. Did Nephi see this in vision? It was Abimelech and his captain, not Abraham, that planted a grove in Beersheba. 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. Satan agreed to submit to Cain’s commands in return for Cain’s entering into the secret oaths to commit murder. Lot’s incestuous daughters “did wickedly.”. 26 Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness; and when a child he feared God, and stopped the mouths of lions, and quenched the violence of fire. With his Father, it is his work and glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. I have had the Complete Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament by Wayment for a long time. 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.). Grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh were adopted like sons to Jacob with the same standing as his own twelve sons. The “hand” was involved in making the covenant rather than the “thigh.”. What Great Gospel Themes Are Better Clarified in JST, Genesis? 34 And his people wrought righteousness, and obtained heaven, and sought for the city of Enoch which God had before taken, separating it from the earth, having reserved it unto the latter days, or the end of the world; 35 And hath said, and sworn with an oath, that the heavens and the earth should come together; and the sons of God should be tried so as by fire. The only direct reference to priesthood in KJV Genesis is to Melchizedek, priest of the most high God (see Genesis 14:18–20). 5. Those covenants mentioned directly or indirectly include tithing (Genesis 14:20), priesthood (JST, Genesis 6:7/Moses 6:7), and baptism (Moses 6:52). If the Lord intended to reveal the specific details of creation there seems to be a great defect in the present record. The translation of the Bible through Joseph Smith must be a major part, if not the direct fulfillment, of this prophecy. Genesis 14:24 (JST, Genesis 14:25–40). Abraham “rejoiced” rather than “laughed” when told that Sarah would have a child. (“The Joseph Smith Translation: “Plain and Precious Things” Restored” Ensign, Aug 1997, lds.org) The recent LDS.org Gospel Topic Essay on the translation and historicity of the Book of Abraham affirms this new understanding of the concept of “translation” when applied to Joseph Smith bringing revealed scripture into the world. What great gospel themes are better clarified in the JST? In this regard, we can see a similarity to eighteen verses in Doctrine and Covenants 107. 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. Genesis 6:6 (JST, Genesis 8:15; Moses 8:25). 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]. The antecedent given to us in “Let us make man” is the Father and the Only Begotten Son in whose image man is made. 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). 25 And Melchizedek lifted up his voice and blessed Abram. Joseph Smith the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made a "new translation" of the Bible, using the text of the King James Version (KJV). However, the seeric gift was not limited to translation, hence Ammon’s additional statement “that a seer is a revelator and a prophet also” (Mosiah 8:16). The featured speakers will talk about the Savior, his life, his mission, the Atonement, and his influence in our lives today. Eve said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord” (Genesis 4:1). 10. He finished the chapter, slowly closed the book, and began to gaze out the window. Easter Conference. . . Our eighth article of faith states that “we believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly.” Joseph, in relating this belief, stated: It refers us to JST, Genesis 14:25–40. 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. Genesis 5:1 (JST, Genesis 6:5; Moses 6:5). The Gospel of Jesus Christ Was Taught From the Beginning. Compare Genesis 1:1–6:13. George A. Horton Jr., “Insights into the Book of Genesis,” in The Joseph Smith Translation: The Restoration of Plain and Precious Truths, ed. 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. It provides many unique textual contributions. 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. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56), 1:27. 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