Stephen Roger Knecht

Stephen Knecht (Gustav Mahler) is the 4th son of James and Mary Knecht.  His life story is one that I would describe as “complicated” as it involves much soul searching and many defining moments.  In many ways Steve is very accomplished with multiple talents and works to share.  As his nephew I’ve always had a respect for him which was further cemented in my mind when I realized I also carried his same name, Roger.

I’ve asked him to share a brief autobiography which I intend to share here in due time.  Until them I’m working to collect and make available many of his writings for future review and use.  May you also find them as interesting and thought provoking as I do.

To the left I share an image recapping some of the works that I will be sharing here.  This is not a complete list of his writings but merely a few that he has graciously allowed me to share here.

“The New Translation” of the Bible by Joseph Smith, Jr. – The Story of Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation.  A Document History (to view the PDF’s below it may be necessary to select “view” and “rotate: to read them properly) Originally Published 1977, 2012 reprint

Part One: History

Part Two: The Manuscripts

Part Three: The Documents

The Inspired Correction of the New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ


This Edition of Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the New Testament is the
culmination of many years of research, writing and waiting. I conducted the research
during the decade of the 1970s.

I had unprecedented access to the original documents of Joseph Smith, Jr.’s New Translation of the Bible owned by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Its headquarters and archive was and still is located in
Independence, Missouri. I also conducted concomitantly an examination of all related materials in the manuscript archive of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. I found within these two archives a remarkable history of Joseph Smith’s New Translation. It conflicted in some places with the standard history as understood by the two restoration churches.

The original documents of the New Translation of the Bible comprise two sources, a Bible and Folios. These contain the sum of Joseph Smith’s corrections of the King James Bible. The Bible was a pulpit sized King James Bible printed by H. & E. Phinney in Cooperstown, New York, in 1828.

A Short History of the ‘New Translation’ Of the Bible

The Actual New Testament with Corrections – The Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament

Other works include:

‘The Linear Bible Code’


Daniel: Decoded (The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed)

* Overview

* Contents

* Introduction

* Sample of Text

Zechariah: Decoded

* Introduction

* Contents

* Sample of Text

Hosea: Decoded

* Introduction

* Contents

* Sample of Text

* In the 1990’s Stephen changed his name to be Gustav Mahler, his wife Darlene also changed her name to be Ruth Mahler.

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