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D&C 10 likely consists of two parts received several months apart.
- Received: late September 1828 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
- Prior section in chronological order: D&C 3
- Next section in chronological order: D&C 4
The immediate setting of D&C 10:1-37 was
- Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
- Prior section in chronological order: D&C 13
- Next section in chronological order: D&C 11
The immediate setting of D&C 10:38-70 was
For a brief overview of D&C 10 in historical relation to the rest of the Doctrine & Covenants, see Historical Overview of the Restoration Scriptures. For lengthier discussions of the historical setting, see Historical Context of the Doctrine & Covenants, chapter 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.
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- D&C 10:34: What does "it" refer to in the phrase "show it not unto the world"?
- D&C 10:345: What are Nephi's writings being compared to when the Lord says they "throw greater views upon my gospel"?
- D&C 10:46: Did the Lord reveal these remaining portions of his gospel only because the prophets prayed for them or were they destined to find their way into the scriptures anyway?
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- The oldest surviving partial copy of D&C 10 (verses 42-70) is the one copied by John Whitmer into Revelation Book 1, p. 11-12, presumably during the summer of 1830. The oldest surviving complete copy is ________.
- D&C 10 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.
- The content of D&C 10:1, 10-14, 17-18, 30-33, 41-43 is discussed in the Preface to the first edition of the Book of Mormon. That Preface was reprinted in the 30 November 1830 issue (2/24:3) of the Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph newspaper barely a month after the first missionaries arrived at Kirtland, Ohio. The substance of these verses thus had wide circulation at an early date.
- The text of D&C 10 in significant editions of the Doctrine & Covenants can be found at:
Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 10.
- D&C 3 marked the beginning of Joseph Smith's probation following his loss of the 116 page manuscript. The first half of D&C 10 marked the end of that probation and instructed him not to retranslate the lost manuscript. The second half of D&C 10 instructed Joseph to instead replace the lost manuscript by translating the small plates of Nephi (First Nephi through Words of Mormon).
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- Parkin, Max H. "A Preliminary Analysis of the Dating of Section 10." In The Seventh Annual Sperry Symposium: The Doctrine & Covenants, p. 68-84. Provo: BYU Press, 1979.