Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon: Part Two

2 Nephi 11–Mosiah 16

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon is the fourth volume in Professor Royal Skousen’s ongoing Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. This volume in six parts represents the central task of the project: the attempt to recover the original English-language 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.

Part 2 of volume 4 examines 898 cases of variation (or potential variation). For 388 of these cases, the critical text proposes a change from the standard text (the current edition). Of these proposed changes, 66 have never appeared in any standard edition, while 23 would make a difference when translating the Book of Mormon. For 13 cases, the proposed changes make the entire text fully consistent in phraseology or word choice, but there are 5 readings that restore a unique phrase or word to the text. In addition, part 2 provides striking evidence that the vocabulary of the original text of the Book of Mormon actually dates from the 1500s and 1600s, not from the 1800s. Each massive volume in the critical text averages nearly 670 oversize pages of research and analysis that reward careful examination with expanded views of the founding text of Mormonism.

About the Author

Royal Skousen

Royal Skousen (Ph.D. in linguistics, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana) is Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University. He has also taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of California at San Diego, and the University of Tampere in Finland as a Fulbright lecturer. In 2001 he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute in the Netherlands, working on quantum computing and analogical modeling.

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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 093489308X
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893084
  • Page Count: 703
  • Imprint: FARMS

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