In episode 35 of the Mormon Book Review, Kirk Caudle discusses The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 1, July 1828-1831, with the book’s coeditor Gerrit Dirkmaat. In this interview Dirkmaat talks about the earliest revelations of Joseph Smith and provides key historical background information concerning Doctrine and Covenants sections 19, 25, and 41.
Gerrit Dirkmaat is a historian working as an editor of The Joseph Smith Papers volumes. He received his PhD in 2010 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he studied nineteenth-century American expansionism and foreign relations. His dissertation was titled “Enemies Foreign and Domestic: US Relations with Mormons in the US Empire in North America, 1844–1854.” He served as the senior assistant editor of Diplomatic History from 2003 to 2009. He joined the Joseph Smith Papers project in 2010 and has since served as a historian/editor on Journals Vol. 2, Documents Vol. 1, and as the lead volume editor of Documents Vol. 3, which will be published in 2014. He is currently serving as an editor for the first volume in the Administrative series. He is the coauthor, along with Michael Hubbard MacKay, of the forthcoming book from the Maxwell Institute Press, tentatively titled Joseph the Seer: The Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon.