Joseph Smith Translation

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Joseph Smith Translation

Postby dabgpdjnjs » Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:19 pm

How about the ability to turn on/off Joseph smith translation so you can read it without having to look in footnotes?

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Re: Joseph Smith Translation

Postby Falasha » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:57 pm

The second question I would ask is when will the Gospel Library app include the complete JST? For example last year when we were studying the New Testament in sunday school the topic of justification by faith came up and the teacher kept bringing up works, and the "false idea" of faith alone. Then I pointed out that Joseph Smith added in the JST that we are saved by "faith alone" in Romans 3:28 which was in line with Martin Luther, and the class did not like it. Everyone went to their JST on their devices and said - "No he didn't" It was a bit embarrassing for me, since I couldn't point them to or to get the complete JST.

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Re: Joseph Smith Translation

Postby kellymab » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:18 pm

If I remember correctly, the full JST copyright is held by the Community of Christ Church. Emma had kept the manuscript and gave it to them. Unless they allow us to permission to print it in our copies of the scriptures, it is highly unlikely to happen.

The resources you listed are great for comparison. Years ago The church/BYU worked with the CofCC historians to preserve the entire text. While in print and available to buy, it is on the expensive side of books (at least the last time I checked).

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Re: Joseph Smith Translation

Postby sbradshaw » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:28 pm

From what I understand, the copyright for the Joseph Smith Translation is held by the Community of Christ (previously Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), though the copyright may have expired by now.

Another thing that comes to mind, is that the Joseph Smith Translation isn't just a translation – it's an inspired expansion and commentary. For example, the book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price is an excerpt from the Joseph Smith Translation, and wouldn't really fit inline with the King James Version. Those longer passages contain so much content, unique from the original Bible, and it's easier to study them separately.

EDIT: kellymab beat me to my first paragraph. :)
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