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The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History

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Three months before his death, Joseph Smith established the Council of Fifty, a confidential group that he believed would protect the Latter-day Saints in their political rights and one day serve as the government of the kingdom of God. The Council of Fifty operated under the leadership of Joseph Smith and then Brigham Young, playing a key role in Joseph Smith's presidenti ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published September 4th 2017 by Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book Company
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Ryan Daley
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a surprisingly delightful find!

The value of this book is difficult to convey in a few words. The Council of Fifty is a topic that until recently has had little to no significant insight in. This has led people into speculation - and has led those critical to assume the worst and those faithful to assume the irrelevancy of it.

What we have found is that it gives significant insight into the LDS leadership thought at the time.

This small book takes the insight from leading LDS scholars and to h
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Julia
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this up the last time I was at BYU. I hadn't previously read the council of fifty minutes but this was a good over view to what they contained and what some of the themes seemed to be throughout the minutes. And consequently, I read over some of the minutes as I read my way through this book. The minutes were not made available to the public until 2016 when they were published by the Joseph Smith Papers. Each chapter of this book is an independent essay by different religious or histori ...more
Trevor
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On October 3, 2016, the Joseph Smith Papers Project published a volume called Administrative Records: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846 (see my review of that volume for ore information about it). It is a massive tome of around 800 pages containing information that had never before been published or studied. It contains many insights that help fill in gaps in Mormon history during this period. The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History is an introduction ...more
Samuel Dodge
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest challenges new historical scholarship faces is that of accessibility. The old joke is that historians too often write only for other historians, using opaque prose that alienates non-specialized readers. There is more than a grain of truth to these observations, which is why this new volume from Brigham Young University’s Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book is so welcome.

The recent volume of the Joseph Smith Papers Project documenting the proceedings of the early Mormon
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Mark Tensmeyer
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most of what I would say has already been written by other reviewers. Outside of Mormon history scholars, the best audience I can find for this book are those interested in Mormon theology and culture as it relates to politics. Were 1840's Mormons patriots or not? As Richard Bushman and Richard Bennett so well described, they were in that they believed in America's founding principles but were finished with the then-current government. Patrick Mason's essay on Theodemocracy is the best I've ever ...more
J.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-reads, religion
Kudos for a handsome volume, abundant gilt, professional layout, slick cover and footnotes.

The content is fairly ridiculous. These are four-page mini essays on disparate topics that focus on small phrases without analyzing any larger context. Each felt like a high schooler trying to meet a minimum word count in an essay about why the principal is just such a really great, awesome guy.

This is a great Christmas gift for a guy who teaches the ward gospel doctrine class.
Jared
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book, and incredibly informative.
Jared
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Readers interested in Mormon history and Mormon studies will appreciate this important book. The collected essays take on a wide variety of topics, so readers can pick and choose what interests them the most.
Heather
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, religious
This is a group of essays written by Church historians about some of their main takeaways from studying the Council of Fifty minutes that were recently released as a part of The Joseph Smith Papers project. Joseph Smith organized the Council of Fifty in Nauvoo in 1844, not long before he died. Brigham Young continued to meet with this group. They met for several purposes that changed over time, but it turns out that one of the most important purposes may have been in organizing the exodus to the ...more
Curtis
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding collection of essays examining the context and implications of the recently published Nauvoo Council of Fifty Minutes on the field of Mormon History. The final essay by Paul Reeve was probably my favorite, but all of them ranged anywhere from interesting to fabulous.
Cristina Rosetti
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Somewhat repetitive, but a good overview of these important minutes and their impact for Mormon Studies and American history. I would have liked to see more female contributors and their perspective on the minutes.
David Barney
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed learning about the council of 50. Portrays those in the council as humans and wanting what is best to the new church after and during the persecution that took place.
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
As with any edited volume, some entries are better than others. (The final entry by Reeve was exceptional.) Almost the entire book, however, either required better and simply more direct quotes from the Minutes or an approach that didn't require such an intimate knowledge of their content to, ironically, appreciate a volume aimed at garnering an appreciation of these important historical documents.
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