LDS Edition of The Bible
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) publishes editions of the Bible in English and Spanish that it encourages its members to use. The text of the LDS Church’s English-language Bible is the Authorized King James Version and the church’s Spanish-language Bible is a revised Reina-Valera translation. The editions include footnoting, indexing, and summaries that are consistent with LDS Church teachings and that integrate the Bible with the church’s other Standard Works.
The eighth Article of Faith of the church states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly”.
English-language King James Version edition
In 1979, the LDS Church published its first edition of the Bible in English. The text of the Bible is that of the Authorized King James Version. Both the Old and New Testaments are included, but the Apocrypha is not. Each chapter includes a paragraph-long heading that summarizes the contents of the chapter from a “Mormon perspective”. Cross-referencing footnotes to the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price are included, as is an LDS-oriented 600-page topical index and the church’s bible dictionary. Selected references to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible are included in footnotes, with longer excerpts included in an appendix. Lastly, the edition contains bible maps and a gazetteer. In 1999, color photographs from the Holy Land were added. None of the LDS-specific supplements in the edition claim doctrinal authority: only the text of the King James Version (and the other Standard Works) is considered canonical by the LDS Church.
The publication of the English-language LDS edition of the Bible was overseen by apostle Thomas S. Monson, who later became the President of the LDS Church. The English-language edition has been described as portraying a “strongly conservative” version of Mormonism that is largely reflective of the theological positions of apostle Bruce R. McConkie, who assisted Monson in editing the work and wrote the chapter headings.
- Articles of Faith 1:8, Pearl of Great Price.
- Robert J. Matthews, “The New Publications of the Standard Works—1979, 1981”, BYU Studies, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 387–424 (Fall 1982).
- Lavina Fielding Anderson, “Church Publishes First LDS Edition of the Bible”, Ensign, Oct. 1979, p. 9.
- Philip L. Barlow (1997). “The New LDS Edition of the Scriptures”, in Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion (New York: Oxford University Press) pp. 205–214.
- “LDS Church releases Spanish-language Bible”, Salt Lake Tribune, 17 September 2009.
- LDS Edition of Spanish Bible – FAQ, lds.org.
- Scott Taylor, “LDS Church publishes new Spanish-language Bible”, Deseret News, 13 September 2009.
- LDS Edition of Spanish Bible, lds.org.
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