‘I Myself Serve The Law Of God But With The Flesh The Law Of Sin’: Joseph Smith Edits Paul’s Letter To The Romans, 1832-33 As part of his revision of the King James Bible, Joseph Smith made significant edits to Paul’s letter to the Romans. Because of the theological significance of Romans in Christian history and the nature of Joseph’s edits, this part of his biblical revision is of a different sort than other, more expansive portions such as the Book of Moses. Although Joseph’s method, the actual correcting of the Bible text, was characteristically idiosyncratic, it certainly wasn’t without analogues, particularly in the context of growing nineteenth-century doubts about scriptural purity and worries about the pitfalls of translation. How does Joseph’s work fit in with these worries and other attempts to answer theological questions by making adjustments to scripture?
Seth Perry and Brian H. Stuy