Mormon Wellness Project: 011: Deception Points on the Trail of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

Adam Clarke’s Popular Bible Commentary

Wendy tackles the recent insight from BYU researchers that Joseph’s Inspired Translation of the Bible contains hundreds of references from a popular muti-volume bible commentary by Adam Clarke,  Wendy talks about types of deception and the differences between unconscious influence and  copying.  Are there any conclusions we can draw from this new insight? And what are the possible  ramifications of this discovery in light of Joseph Smith’s claims to receive direct revelation from God, while at the same time acknowledging his interest in taking truth from wherever he found it.

“… Mormonism is truth, in other words the doctrine of the Latter-day Saints, is truth. … The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same.”5


Wendy Perry, M.Ed. LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.

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5 thoughts on “Mormon Wellness Project: 011: Deception Points on the Trail of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

    • Do you think of it as JS “appropriating” or gleaning truth from wherever he found it? Maybe it doesn’t need to be shelved, but I get it. thanks for commenting, I appreciate it.

  1. I truly enjoyed your podscast! I still wonder why so many staunch Mormons think such truthful info is offensive or evil when it is not coming through the filter of a statement, declaration or essaq from the church?

  2. WONDERFUL CAST! I think you were actually very gentle. There was a talk years ago from Marvin Ashton who condemned telling lies–and THE JST QUALIFIES as telling lies.

    In Bushman’s book, I started to get the idea that JS was narcissistic. Taking other people’s work, copying it and putting it through the funnel of “my revelation from God” was a way JS had to assume leadership, pull attention to himself, and maintain the illusion of piety.

    Telling lies is not pious.

    Why the church continues to hide this information (or downplay it) baffles me.

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