The Bible as Mormon Scripture — The Bible is one of the four books accepted as scripture by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon mainstream. This article analyses how these Mormons view and use the Bible, its texts and related scholarship. The English-speaking church accepts the King James Version as its official Bible, whereas in non-English contexts, the church uses the common Bible translations available in each language or nation. Although not officially canonised, Mormons also use their founder’s commentary on and changes to the biblical text, known as the ‘Joseph Smith Translation’. Biblical exploration within Mormonism contains elements of explicit eisegesis, as scriptural texts are viewed through the lens of modern-day church teachings and traditions. Mormons generally emphasise conservative viewpoints when engaging in scriptural exegesis, but some openness to the results of historical-critical scholarship can also be seen.
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