The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

Typographical Facsimile of the Extant Text

A stray ink drop and a quirk of nineteenth-century script make the difference between “retain that wrong” and “repair that wrong”. More than a decade of meticulous research revealed such insights as Royal Skousen prepared transcripts of the original and printer’s manuscripts of the Book of Mormon for publication.

Now published for the first time ever, the manuscripts help you discover the original phrasing of the Book of Mormon (including Hebrew-like expressions), provide surprising evidence on the process by which Joseph Smith translated, and show how editors and printers have modified the wording to make it conform to the expectations of contemporary English readers.

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: 2001
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 0934893047
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893046
  • Page Count: 553
  • Imprint: FARMS

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