Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, moves beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud to explore his personality, his relationships with others, and how he received revelations. An arresting narrative of the birth of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling also brilliantly evaluates the prophet’s bold contributions to Christian theology and his cultural place in the modern world.


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User Review  - carl.rollyson - LibraryThing

Can a biographer - Mormon or not - use words like "revelation" without quotation marks? As a "believing historian," what other choice can Richard Lyman Bushman make? Unlike Robert Remini, a non-Mormon ... Read full review

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User Review  - vrchristensen - LibraryThing

While this is a book with a bias (there's no such thing as unbiased opinions when it comes to religion or politics) and while Mr. Bushman, dubbed 'the Mormon explainer' is a believer, he examines the ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
181627 Translation 182730
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2
144
183233
215
183435
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1835
270
4
279
1835
292
April 1836January 1838
322
JanuaryJuly 1838
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AugustDecember 1838
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September 1839June 1840
391
April 1840April 1841
403
Notes
563
Sources Cited
667
Illustration Credits
718

JanuaryApril 1836
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About the author (2007)

Richard L. Bushman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1931. He took his B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees at Harvard University. He has taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, University of Delaware, and Columbia University, where he is currently Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Emeritus. His previous books are From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 (1967), Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (1984), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, and Cities (1992).


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