What are the best resources to accompany your study of the Doctrine and Covenants?

We’re wrapping up the end of a year studying the Book of Mormon (whether at home or with our wards or branches) and soon will be turning our focus to the Doctrine and Covenants.  J. Stapley at BCC recently ran a useful post discussing some approaches and resources we can use for studying the Doctrine and Covenants and Ben Spackman also recently posted an updated list of recommended reading for Church History and the Doctrine and Covenants topics.

The Church has many meaningful resources available for study including:

I have to admit, however, that I don’t know very many other good books and resources to recommend off the top of my head, particularly ones that focus on the theological or philosophical side of the Doctrine and Covenants.  I know that Richard Bushman’s Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling provides some historical context and commentary on several of the revelations.  In the BCC post, J. Stapley also mentioned Matthew Bowman’s The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith, Mark Staker’s Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations, Benjamin Park’s Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier, and Steven Harper’s Making Sense of the Doctrine & Covenants: A Guided Tour Through Modern Revelations as useful resources for historical context.

So, just as David Evans asked a year ago about the Book of Mormon, I ask:

What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read or that you are anticipating reading to accompany your study of the Doctrine and Covenants?

5 comments for “What are the best resources to accompany your study of the Doctrine and Covenants?

  1. Thanks for sharing your list Ben–that’s a lot of great recommendations. I updated the post here to also link out to yours.

  2. In the past, I’ve used, “A Companion to your study of the Doctrine and Covenants” (Ludlow), “Doctrine and Covenants Commentary” (Hyrum M. Smith & Janne M. Sjodahl), “Answers to your Questions About the Doctrine and Covenants” (Richard O. Cowan), “Revelations of the Restoration” (Joseph Fielding McConkie & (Craig J. Ostler), and the most recent Doctrine and Covenants commentaries from the Student and Teachers’ Manuals. I also like the “Rough Stone Rolling” book (even though it is pretty thick, but then, so are some of the others.) Also, I might add “Doctrine and Covenants Encyclopedia” Hoyt W. Brewster” for some information on the peoples’ backgrounds that are mentioned in the D&C, and “Studies in Scripture, D&C”, (Millet and Jackson).
    Thank you for listing some of the other publications – the ones I listed are in no particular order.
    I also go to some of the excellent web sites.

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