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- Received: April 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
- Prior section in chronological order: D&C 6
- Next section in chronological order: D&C 8
D&C 7 was received at Harmony during the first month that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery worked together on the Book of Mormon translation.
- During the month of April we continued to translate and write, during which time we received several revelations. A difference of opinion arising between us relative to the account of John the Apostle mentioned in the New Testament [John 21:18-23], whether he died or whether he continued, we mutually agreed to settle it by the urim and thummim, and the following [D&C 7] is the word that we received. (Manuscript History of the Church, Vol. A-1, p. 30-31).
For a brief overview of D&C 7 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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- The oldest surviving copy of D&C 7 is the one copied by John Whitmer into Revelation Book 1, p. 13-14, presumably during the summer of 1830.
- D&C 7 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.
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