This study has shown that there is a textual relationship between the Doctrine and Covenants and the King James Version of the Bible in that out of 1240 of the 1999 verses examined in Sections 65-133 of the Doctrine and Covenants there were found two paralleled Biblical phrases or clauses. Varying in subject matter, these clauses and phrases were either similar or verbatim parallels in vocabulary, syntax or meanings (denotations and connotations) and, many times, in concept.
In analyzing the location of the sources of the textual parallels, it was found that the New Testament is much more similar in subject matter and wording to the Doctrine and Covenants than is the Old Testament. However, paralleled passages referring to the latter days are particularly abundant in Isaiah, Joel, Zephaniah and Malachi.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Smutz, Lois Jean, "Textual Parallels to the Doctrine and Covenants (Sections 65 to 133) as Found in the Bible" (1971). Theses and Dissertations. 5127.
Bible, Criticism, interpretation, Doctrine and covenants