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date: 16 November 2018

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Mormons have employed a variety of interpretive strategies in their readings of the Bible. Mormon biblical interpretation must be understood in relation to readings of the Book of Mormon and other sacred texts, to the ecclesiastical structure of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), and to the community’s distinctive understandings of doctrine. Although Utah Mormons use the King James Version of the Bible as a canonized scripture, they also employ Bible selections translated by their founder, Joseph Smith Jr. The growth of the Mormon faith outside the United States has led to particular problems of interpretation that have proved challenging for the LDS commitment to standardization of texts. In contrast, other branches of the Mormon tradition use and understand the Bible in very different ways that accord more with liberal or modernist biblical interpretation.

Keywords: Bible, King James Version, translation, scripture, revelation, doctrine, canon, Standard Works

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