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date: 26 January 2020

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This chapter focuses on the key dialectical tensions in the Latter-day Saints’ distinctive brand of biblicism. The Bible fundamentally shapes both the forms and the substance of the Mormon experience, but it also functions as one sacred text among others. The extra-biblical scriptures of Mormonism seek to strengthen the Bible’s revelatory claims even as their presence denies it the singular status it enjoys in most other Christian cultures. Where many other modern Christian movements sought to downplay the Bible’s particularism in favor of its universalism, the Latter-day Saint approach to the Bible has sought doggedly and often painfully to hold onto both.

Keywords: hermeneutics, translation, Book of Abraham, Book of Mormon, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, King James Version, Revelation, particularity

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