Restoring the Original Text of the Book of Mormon

Restoring the Original Text of the Book of Mormon

by Royal Skousen

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Restoring the Original Text of the Book of Mormon by Royal Skousen

The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, under the editorship of Royal Skousen, began in 1988 and is now nearing completion. In 2001, facsimile transcripts of the two Book of Mormon manuscripts (volumes 1 and 2 of the critical text) were published by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). From 2004 to 2009 the six books of volume 4 of the critical text, Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, were published, also by FARMS. Parts 1 and 2 of volume 3 of the critical text, The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon, will be published in early 2015. These two parts will describe all the grammatical editing that the Book of Mormon text has undergone, from 1829 up to the present. When all six parts of volume 3 of the critical text have been published, volume 5 of the critical text, A Complete Electronic Collation of the Book of Mormon, will be released. Within the next couple years, the Joseph Smith Papers will publish photographs of the two Book of Mormon manuscripts, along with transcriptions based on volumes 1 and 2 of the critical text. Nearly all of the work of the project has involved the knowledge and periodic involvement of the Scriptures Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The project itself, however, remains independent of the Church, and none of its findings have involved any ecclesiastical approval or endorsement.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150306332
Publisher: Interpreter Foundation
Publication date: 02/20/2015
Series: Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture , #14
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 10
File size: 82 KB

About the Author

Royal Skousen is professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University. He has been the editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project since 1988. Volumes 1, 2, and 4 of the critical text are published by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. In 2009, Yale University Press published the culmination of Skousen’s critical text work, The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 13th Annual Mormon Studies Conference, “The Expanded Canon: Perspective on Mormonism and Sacred Texts”, 4 April 2013, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. Skousen is also known for his work on exemplar-based theories of language and quantum computing of analogical modeling.

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