For part 6 of volume 3 of the Book of Mormon critical text project, we take up what may seem like a mundane subject, namely, misspellings in the manuscripts and in the printed editions. This brief summary of the book will introduce the reader to three important questions regarding scribal misspellings in the manuscripts:
- First, did the 1830 typesetter adopt Oliver Cowdery’s misspellings in the manuscript when he set the text for the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon?
- Second, just how good were the Book of Mormon scribes in doing their copywork?
- And third, can the misspellings tell us anything important about the Book of Mormon text, or are they just innocuous errors?
The answers to all three of these questions turn out to be crucial in doing critical text work on the Book of Mormon.