BYU STUDIES Volume 47 • Issue 4 • 2008 by BYU Studies

BYU STUDIES Volume 47 • Issue 4 • 2008

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This issue of BYU Studies covers LDS history, philosophy, media studies, eleven book reviews, one music review, one film review, three poems, and an essay.

Much has been written about the assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, but little attention has been paid to the crime scene in Carthage Jail. Authors Joseph Lyon and David Lyon examine eyewitness accounts of the assault, the layout of the crime scene, the physical evidence left in the jail, and the types of weapons used and the wounds they inflicted on the Smith brothers, John Taylor, and Willard Richards.

The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the Prophet Joseph Smith both radically critiqued nineteenth-century Christian culture and called for drastic change in contemporary Christianity. David Paulsen examines the views of both men and shows them to be mutually reinforcing and illuminating.

Sherry Pack Baker explores the emerging discipline of Mormon media studies and introduces the Mormon Media History Timeline. Baker says that major societal changes take place not only with the power of the message, but with the medium through which that message is relayed.

Andrew Jenson (18501941), mission president and assistant LDS Church historian, kept a detailed record of his trip to Iceland in 1911. He traveled to Iceland as president of the Danish-Norwegian mission to give public lectures, visit the two LDS missionaries there, and do a little sightseeing. Along with his journal entries he included several interesting photographs of the trip. The journal entries and five photographs of that 1911 trip are presented here, introduced by Fred Woods.

Steven Harper examines original manuscripts of Doctrine and Covenants 104 to clarify the connection between D&C 104:18 and Luke 16:23. This scriptural detail was brought to light through research associated with the publication of the Joseph Smith Papers.

Among the many reviews in this issue, several landmark books are reviewed: Neal Kramer and Claudia Bushman each write a review of People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture by Terryl L. Givens. “Despite the recent boom in Mormon studies,” writes Kramer, “there has continued to be a gap. . . . Relatively little work has been done in the humanistic disciplines. A refreshing and intelligent exception is the work of Professor Givens,” who has written a major work in cultural history and criticism.

Jennifer Lane and Douglas Davies each review Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christianity. This work, edited by Donald W. Musser and David L. Paulsen, is the first book of its kind—a dense and academic dialogue of contemporary theology between Mormon and Christian scholars, published by a Christian university.

Contents

Articles

Physical Evidence at Carthage Jail and What It Reveals about the Assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith by Joseph L. Lyon and David W. Lyon
The Rich Man, Lazarus, and Doctrine & Covenants 104:18 by Steven C. Harper
What Does It Mean to Be a Christian? The Views of Joseph Smith and Søren Kierkegaard by David L. Paulsen
Andrew Jenson’s Illustrated Journey to Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice, August 1911 by Fred E. Woods
Mormon Media History Timeline, 18272007 by Sherry Pack Baker

Essay


Abraham’s Tent by Heather Farrell

Poetry

Pomegranate Promises by Sharon Price Anderson
Psalm for My Father by Dixie L. Partridge
In the Night Yard by Dixie L. Partridge

Reviews

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture by Terryl L. Givens, reviewed by Neal W. Kramer
People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture by Terryl L. Givens, reviewed by Claudia L. Bushman
Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies ed. Donald W. Musser and David L. Paulsen, reviewed by Jennifer Lane
Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies ed. Donald W. Musser and David L. Paulsen, reviewed by Douglas J. Davies
The Attributes of God and The Problems of Theism and the Love of God by Blake T. Ostler, reviewed by James McLachlan
Solomon’s Temple: Myth and History by William J. Hamblin and David Rolph Seely, reviewed by Daniel B. McKinlay
Temple Themes in Christian Worship by Margaret Barker, reviewed by Don Norton
How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture Then and Now by James L. Kugel, reviewed by Eric A. Eliason
Bible Gateway and The New Testament Gateway Two Biblical Websites, reviewed by Ryan Combs
Japanese Saints: Mormons in the Land of the Rising Sun by John P. Hoffmann, reviewed by Henri Gooren
Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto by Brian C. Hales, reviewed by J. Michael Hunter
Requiem and Other Choral Works by Mack Wilberg, reviewed by Greg Hansen
The Errand of Angels directed by Christian Vuissa, reviewed by Dennis R. Cutchins

Title:BYU STUDIES Volume 47 • Issue 4 • 2008Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 16, 2014Publisher:Deseret Book CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1938896831

ISBN - 13:9781938896835

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