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Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon
February 28, 2017
Special Feature
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon
Royal Skousan

For a limited time, we are offering deep discounts for volume 4 of Royal Skousen's Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Volume 4 is a six-book set, titled Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, and it represents the central task of the Critical Text Project: the attempt to recover the original text of the Book of Mormon.

Volume 4 considers every significant textual change that has occurred in the English Book of Mormon over the 175 years since Joseph Smith first dictated it to his scribes. It also considers a number of conjectured revisions for specific passages. Professor Skousen draws on the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon, the printer's manuscript prepared by Oliver Cowdery and two other scribes, and 20 significant printed versions ranging from the 1830 edition to the current standard editions published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Community of Christ. Where applicable, Skousen marshals additional evidence of language usage from dialectal and earlier English, as well as data from the King James Bible and the original biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek.

For serious scholars of the Book of Mormon, this volume is an essential resource. We are offering the entire set for $80 or each individual book for $20. To purchase the set, see https://byustudies.byu.edu/content/analysis-textual-variants-book-mormon. To purchase individual books, call BYU Studies at (801) 422-6691.

A new edition of this volume will be available soon. The second edition includes 34 changes to the text, nearly all coming from independent readers; minor typographical errors have been corrected; 60 original write-ups have been thoroughly revised; and all the addenda items from the first edition have been moved to their appropriate places in the body of the new edition, so everything now reads as a single sequence.

These discounted copies of the 2004–2007 edition are available while supplies last.

Click here to view sample pages from volume 4.