The Book of Mormon

Maxwell Institute Study Edition

Grant Hardy

This exquisitely produced volume presents the official LDS edition of the Book of Mormon in an attractive, accessible, readable version that brings to Latter-day Saints the helpful features that have been part of standard Bible publishing for decades: paragraphs, quotation marks, poetic stanzas, section headings, and superscripted verse numbers. The latest LDS scholarship is reflected in its brief, thoughtfully considered footnotes, although the focus is always on the text itself—its wording, structure, and interconnections—allowing the book’s sacred message to be heard anew. The Maxwell Institute Study Edition, produced by believing scholars, is ideally suited to both new readers of the Book of Mormon and also those who know the book well and have loved its teachings and testimony of Christ for many years.

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This edition is a pleasure to read, and your attention is on the content of the scripture, not on how many more verses you have to read before you complete your obligatory two-chapters-a-day reading commitment.

Ardis E. Parshall

The footnotes will no doubt look sparse to a reader of the standard edition, but this is very much a feature, not a bug... Footnotes are reserved for critical information, and thus will reward a reader paying actual attention to them.

Kevin Barney

By Common Consent

Reading the Book of Mormon with a different format and page layout can help readers look at old scriptures with new eyes. Different doctrines and messages will come alive with verses grouped together in meaningful paragraphs. New pieces of inspiration and insight can be found as readers study the footnotes and supplementary material.

Importantly, Emma Smith’s testimony is included here in company with the testimony of the three and the eight witnesses, as well as her husband’s testimony. Having a woman’s witness is important for so many reasons, and it is a relief that the editor also felt that including her voice was imperative to this printing.

Of course, read the Book of Mormon in any format, but if you have the option, read this version. It is currently the best edition of the Book of Mormon available.

Hardy is one of the best-prepared individuals to offer a study edition of the Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saints.

About the Editor

Grant Hardy

Grant Hardy is a professor of history and religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has a BA in Ancient Greek from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Chinese language and literature from Yale. He is the editor of The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (University of Illinois Press) and the author of Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (Oxford University Press), in addition to several other books and articles on Chinese history, ancient historiography, and Mormon studies. He has also produced two audiovisual courses for the Great Courses company: Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition and Sacred Texts of the World.


Brian Kershisnik

Brian Kershisnik is an American painter. He studied art at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and the University of Texas at Austin. He started a studio in Kanosh, Utah, in 1991 and in 2006 he established another studio  in Provo, Utah, where he currently lives. His notable works include a portrait of Leslie Norris, Nativity, and She Will Find What Was Lost.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Testimony of Three Witnesses
  • Testimony of Eight Witnesses
  • Testimony of Emma Smith
  • Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith
  • Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon
  • Brief History of the Text
  • Abbreviations
  • Using the Study Edition
  • Title Page
  • The Small Plates of Nephi

    1 Nephi
  • 2 Nephi
  • Jacob
  • Enos
  • Jarom
  • Omni
  • Mormon's Explanatory Comments

    Words of Mormon
  • Mormon's Abridgment of the Large Plates of Nephi

  • Alma
  • Helaman
  • 3 Nephi
  • 4 Nephi
  • Mormon (chapters 1–7)
  • Moroni's Additions to His Father's Record

    Mormon (chapters 8–9)
  • Ether
  • Moroni
  • Appendices

    Maps and Charts
  • Joseph Smith's Statements on the Book of Mormon
  • Stories of the Translation
  • General Notes
  • Literary Parallelism
  • Index of Names
  • Reference Guide to the Book of Mormon
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Book of Mormon
  • Publication Month: December
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-9443-9465-3
  • Page Count: 649
  • Illustration(s): 22
  • Binding: Paperback, eBook
  • Price: $ 34.99
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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