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Reduced price! The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text View larger

Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, The




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Edited by Royal Skousen.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.  Hardbound, 7.75x9.5", 837pgs.

Over the past twenty-one years, editor Royal Skousen has pored over Joseph Smith's original manuscripts and identified more than 2.000 textual errors in the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon.  Although most of these discrepancies stem from inadvertent errors in copying and typesetting the text, the Yale edition contains about 600 corrections that have never appeared in any standard edition of the Book of Mormon, and about 250 of them affect the text's meaning.  Citing the earliest sources available, Skousen corrects the text in a work of remarkable dedication that will be a landmark in American religious scholarship.



Skousen analyzed individual letters, words, phrases, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, versification, deletions, insertions, corrections, handwriting, spacing, ink flow, and other aspects of the original BoM manuscripts trying to determine what the earliest text contained.

Overall, he analyzed 5,280 cases of variation or potential variation and decided which words were original to Joseph's dictation.

Grant Hardy, a scholar who provides the book's preface, calls the book "the next-best thing" to being present during Joseph's dictation: "a real-time transcription of his revelation of the text" (xiv). Skousen's Earliest Text is a "must" for anyone interested in studying the Book of Mormon deeply, differently, freshly, and otherwise.

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Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, The

Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, The

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