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 2017

BYU Studies Live Stream

BYU Studies live stream of the 2017 Chiasmus Jubilee

 2016

"Editing Out the 'Bad Grammar' in the Book of Mormon"

This lecture was presented by Royal Skousen and Stanford Carmack regarding grammatical variation in the Book of Mormon on Wednesday, on 6 April 2016, at BYU in Provo, Utah. These lectures coincide with the publication of parts 1 and 2 of Volume 3 of the Critical Text of the Book of Mormon: Grammatical Variation, which are now available from BYU Studies.

 2015

"These Were Days Never to Be Forgotten": The Witnesses to the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

Presentation by Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen, Sept. 8, 2015. Sponsored by the Laura F. Willes Center, the BYU Religious Studies Center, and BYU Studies.

Joshua Berman: "The Differences between the Tabernacle and the Temple: Architecture and Ideology"

BYU Studies hosted Dr. Joshua Berman, Senior Lecturer in the Bible Department at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, on October 7th, 2015 at BYU.

Skousen The Nature of the Original Text (Book of Mormon lecture, 3 of 3)

March 12, 2013 In early 2013, our Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies sponsored three lectures by Royal Skousen called "25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned About the Book of Mormon Text." It took a while to get all of the requisite permissions, but we finally got the green light to post all three videos on our YouTube channel. The lecture series was also sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library.

The third lecture covered "The Nature of the Original Text." Skousen discusses the nature of the original text as suggested by his overall Critical Text Project. He argues that the original text shows word-for-word control in the translation process based on multiple factors: Its Hebrew-like expressions, a large number of lexical meanings and nonstandard grammatical constructions dating from the 1500s and 1600s, its use of 131 instances of fully consistent expressions, identical non-biblical citations from elsewhere in the text, and the letter-for-letter spelling of Book of Mormon names. Finally, he argues that conjectural emendations were made in the proposed original text, but much less frequently than in all subsequent editions of the Book of Mormon. He was introduced by Daniel C. Peterson, BYU professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic.

The Printed Editions (Book of Mormon, lecture 2 of 3)

March 5, 2013 In early 2013, our Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies sponsored three lectures by Royal Skousen called "25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned About the Book of Mormon Text." It took a while to get all of the requisite permissions, but we finally got the green light to post all three videos on our YouTube channel. The lecture series was also sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library.

In the second lecture, "The Printed Editions," Skousen discussed his analysis of twenty printed editions of the Book of Mormon—fifteen published by the LDS Church, four by the RLDS Church (now the Community of Christ), and one private edition published in 1858 by James Wright in New York City. Skousen compared the LDS and RLDS versions and identified the most innovative changes in the LDS editions. He also brought his analysis up to date by discussing three editions published within the last decade, including Grant Hardy's A Reader's Edition (University of Illinois Press, 2003), the 2004 Doubleday edition (with text furnished by the LDS Church), and his own book, The Earliest Text (Yale University Press, 2009). He was introduced by Larry Draper of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU.

The Original and Printers Manuscript (Book of Mormon lecture, 1 of 3)

February 26, 2013 In early 2013, our Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies sponsored three lectures by Royal Skousen called "25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned About the Book of Mormon Text." It took a while to get all of the requisite permissions, but we finally got the green light to post all three videos on our YouTube channel. The lecture series was also sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library.

Skousen is Professor of Linguistics and English Language at BYU. He has spent a quarter century meticulously studying the original and printer's manuscripts of the Book of Mormon. Since 1988, he's followed every single stroke of the scribal pen to uncover–as nearly as possible–the earliest text of the sacred record. In 2001, the Maxwell Institute published the first two volumes of the project: Typographical facsimiles of the original and printer's manuscripts of the Book of Mormon. In the first lecture, "The Original and Printers Manuscripts," Skousen discussed the work which produced these priceless volumes. He was introduced by the Church's assistant historian Richard Turley.

 2013

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

 2010

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Richard Holzapfel

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Robert Spencer

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Rabecca Holtzsday

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Matthew Gardner

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Matthew Brown

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Justin Boray

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Joshua Perkey

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Dr Van Gessel

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Jeffrey Bradshaw

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Dr. Brad Wilcox

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

BYU Studies Symposium Interview with Ashley, Casey, and Katie

During the BYU Studies Symposium on March 12-13, 2010, we interviewed several authors and attendees regarding their experiences at the sympoisum and their thoughts on BYU Studies.

The 1897 Audio Record of Wilford Woodruff's Testimony

In 1897, President Wilford Woodruff of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recorded on a new "talking machine" his testimony of the events in 1844 when Joseph Smith, shortly before his martyrdom, delivered the ordinances of the Church to the Twelve Apostles. This is his spoken testimony of that historic meeting.