The Prophet Joseph Smith described the Restoration as a bringing forth of treasures of “things new and old,” and indeed modern revelation has shed great light on ancient truths. From Oliver Cowdery’s commentary on Zephaniah published in The Evening and the Morning Star in 1833 to the present outpouring of publications in preparation for the Sunday School course of study on the Old Testament in 1998, Latter-day Saints have generated a wealth of writings on the Old Testament which examine anew this ancient book of scripture in light of the Restoration. Through the spectacles of the Restoration we are able to remember the patriarchs Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, and the great things the Lord has done for our fathers. We are able to understand the covenants the Lord has made in past dispensations and in the latter days. We are also able to better comprehend the writings of ancient prophets such as Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel and to discern from them the timeless message of repentance, the themes of scattering and gathering, and the prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah—first in the flesh to atone for the sins of the world and again at the end of time. Just as the Old Testament provides a foundation for reading the rest of the scriptures, the light of the Restoration can reveal hidden treasures in the Old Testament. This bibliography is an attempt to guide readers to this treasury of “things new and old.”
These bibliographies were originally published as articles in BYU Studies Quarterly.
David Rolph Seely, “Reading the Old Testament in Light of the Restoration: A Comprehensive Bibliography of LDS Writings on the Old Testament (1830–1997),” BYU Studies Quarterly 37, no. 2 (1997): 155–279.
David Rolph Seely, W. Kenneth Hamblin, and Erica L. Holland, “Old Testament Bibliography: Latter-day Saint Publications, 1997–2005,” BYU Studies Quarterly 45, no. 1 (2005): 143–171.
To view the comprehensive bibliography of Latter-day Saint publications on the Old Testament, see the links below.