Here are the references discussed in the video:
“Transcriptions” = Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Vol. 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, edited by Steven Harper, Robin Jensen, and Robert Woodford (Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2009). [cited as JSP-R1]
“Facsimile” = Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books, Facsimile Edition, (Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2009) [cited as JSP-RF]
Joseph Smith Papers Home Page
Online facsimiles of the Joseph Smith Papers
I’ve started a new occasional blog on esoteric religion, mysticism, the occult, etc.
It won’t be explicitly Mormon-oriented, though there will undoubtedly be a Mormon-subtext.
John Gee has a blog with occasional astute observations.
My view on the issue of Mormon studies.
Update and Clarification: Several people have apparently misunderstood my use of the term Mormon studies. Mormon studies is typically used in two ways.
First, as a description of the study of anything to do with Mormonism–history, art, literature, politics, religion, economics, etc.
Second, Mormon studies is used in parallel to Islamic studies or Hindu studies–that is, as a subset of religious studies. That is how I am using the term in this essay. I thought it was clear from my discussion that I was referring to Mormon studies as Mormon religious studies, that is, a subset of religious studies in general to which I compared it throughout my discussion. I’m sorry if this ambiguity was a cause of confusion.
Thus, for example, Mormon history has its own professional organization, its own annual conference, its regular professional journal. On occasion, Mormon history encompasses Mormon religion, but it also does the history of Mormon colonialism in Utah, or Mormon political impact in the early twentieth century, etc. Mormon religious studies does not.
I have argued that, as a professional discipline in academia, Mormon religious studies basically does not exist. The exception might be the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology (http://www.smpt.org/), but theology is only one subset of religious studies as a whole.
John Tvedtnes’ Book of Mormon site:
Part 1 of a recording of our stake adult Book of Mormon class I substitute taught (for Jack Welch) on Thurs 26 April.
Audio file available here: Alma 43-52, part 1 (click to listen, right click to download mp3)
Isaac Newton, the renown physicist, was also fascinated by alchemy, prophecy, and temple mysticism. He undertook a detailed study of the measurements of Solomon’s temple, hoping to find a microcosmic mathematical key to cosmos. His theological papers have now been digitized by the National Library of Israel, and are available online here.