The Parallel Doctrine and Covenants
The 1832-1833, 1833, and 1835 Editions of Joseph Smith’s Revelations
Introduction by Curt Bench
Hardback / 246 pages / 978-1-56085-205-6 / $50.00
This is the companion volume to The Parallel Book of Mormon, a thorough comparison of the printed versions of LDS scriptures. In the introduction to this volume, Bench traces the publishing history of the revelations which were first serialized in The Evening and the Morning Star beginning in 1832 in Independence, Missouri, and continued through 1833 in Kirtland, Ohio. He then presents parallel columns comparing the text of the Evening and the Morning Star to the first canonized versions of the revelations printed in 1833 in Independence as A Book of Commandments and their republication in 1835 as the Doctrine and Covenants. The largest number of changes occurred between 1833 and 1835.
This volume also includes four additional revelations published during Joseph Smith’s lifetime and a handful of unauthorized reproductions in non-Mormon newspapers. The LDS sections of the Doctrine and Covenants are cross-referenced with the RLDS sections.
Curt Bench is a graduate of Brigham Young University. For the past twenty years, he has been proprietor of Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City, the premier outlet for Mormoniana—significant, rare, and hard-to-find volumes dealing with Mormonism. For those who have an addiction to this sort of thing, it is worse than a candy shop. He is also a long-time member of the Utah Westerners. Prior to opening his own store, he was manager of the rare book department at Deseret Book. Bench has given many presentations to the Mormon History Association and other professional gatherings. He is also a publisher whose limited-edition keepsakes include The First Book of Mormon: A Celebration of the 1830 Book of Mormon with an Original Leaf.