Last updated 11-12-2020
This is a list of resources for understanding the history and nature of the Bible, and how it has been used and understood by Latter-day Saints. Starred items are available from Logos. Bold indicates something particularly good or accessible to non-specialists, a “read this first.”
History of the Bible, and the King James Version
- *Mark Ward, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible
- McGrath, In the Beginning: the Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture
- Robert Alter, Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Version
- Nicolson, God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
- Brake and Beach, A Visual History of the King James Bible
Latter-day Saints and the Bible
- Philip Barlow, Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion (Oxford Press)
- Grant Hardy, “The King James Bible and the Future of Missionary Work,” Dialogue 45:2 (Summer 2012)
- Philip Barlow, “Why the King James Version? From the Common to the Official Bible of Mormonism,” Dialogue, 22:2 (Summer 1986)
- Ben Spackman, “Why Bible Translations Differ: A Guide for the Perplexed,” Religious Educator, 15:1 (2014)
- Daniel O. McClellan, “’As Far as It Is Translated Correctly’: Bible Translation and the Church,” Religious Educator 20:2 (2019)
- Dan works as Bible translator/supervisor for the LDS Church.
- Royal Skousen, “Through a Glass, Darkly: Trying to Understand the Scriptures” BYU Studies 26:4 (1986)
- The King James Bible and the Restoration
- Entire volume is online
- The entire issue of Studies in the Bible and Antiquity vol. 8. Link
- Joshua M. Sears, “Santa Biblia: The Latter-day Saint Bible in Spanish” BYU Studies 54:1
- Joshua M. Sears, “Study Bibles: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints” Religious Educator 20:3 (2019), 26-57.
LDS and the Joseph Smith Translation
- Robert J. Matthews, “A Plainer Translation” Joseph Smiths Translation of the Bible – A History and Commentary
- Revelations in Context section on the JST, here.
- Gospel Topics Essay, here.
- “Was Adam Clarke the Source of the JST?” Interview with Thom Wayment. (See also here)
- Julie Smith, “Five Impulses of the Joseph Smith Translation of Mark and Their Implications for LDS Hermeneutics,”