Questions and Answers, between circa 16 and circa 29 March 1838–B [D&C 113:7–10]
“Questions by ,” [, Caldwell Co., MO], [between ca. 16 and ca. 29 Mar. 1838]. Featured version copied [ca. mid- or late Apr. 1838] in JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838, p. 18; handwriting of ; CHL. Includes use marks. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838.
Sometime after JS arrived in , Missouri, he apparently answered two sets of questions, one regarding Isaiah chapter 11 and the other, labeled “Questions by ,” relating to Isaiah chapter 52. The dating of these two sets of questions and answers is uncertain, but they were probably produced sometime between 16 and 29 March 1838. While JS could have met with Higbee, who was a member of the , anytime during this period, the one time they were known to be together was during a meeting of the high council and on 24 March 1838, suggesting that Higbee may have posed his questions to JS after the meeting adjourned that evening. The answers to the first set of questions, regarding Isaiah 11, begin with “thus saith the Lord.” The revealed answers may have provoked Higbee to ask the questions about Isaiah 52:1–2, though the answers given to Higbee’s questions do not include the same revelatory language. These verses regard the redemption of and introduce Isaiah’s suffering servant oracles, including the material in chapter 53, which is one of traditional Christianity’s most important texts for Christianizing the Old Testament. Isaiah 52:1–2 is quoted twice in the Book of Mormon, and other passages in chapter 52 also appear in the book. JS revelations also repeat or allude to verses in this chapter, using them to explain the and reestablishment of the house of Israel in the latter days.posed two questions. The answers, presumably from JS, stated that those called of God in the last days would be given authority to gather scattered Israel home to Zion. These answers may have been considered as having special significance at this time because of JS’s move to , the Saints’ “Land of Zion.” Probably sometime in mid- or late April, inscribed the questions and answers in the “Scriptory Book,” probably from an earlier manuscript.
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