Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon

History and Findings of the Critical Text Project

Alison V.P. Coutts

This colorful, informative book features reports on the multi-pronged effort to determine as far as possible the original English-language translation of the Book of Mormon. Royal Skousen, the editor and principal investigator of the original and printer’s manuscripts of the Book of Mormon, details the project’s history and some of the more significant findings. Robert Espinosa reviews his team’s painstaking work of preserving and identifying remaining fragments of the original manuscript. Ron Romig narrates the investigation into the printer’s manuscript, and Larry Draper explains how the press sheets for the 1830 edition reveal overlooked details of the printing process. In an insightful response, Daniel C. Peterson interpolates evidence from Skousen’s research to show the divine manner in which the Book of Mormon came forth.

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About the Editor

Alison V.P. Coutts

Alison V. P. Coutts, director of publications for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, received a bachelor's degree in English, with a psychology minor, from BYU in 1996. She earned a master's degree in Ancient Near Eastern studies from BYU in 2001. Coutts has been director of publications for the Institute since 2000. Prior to that she contributed to many projects, including working as the staff editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. She coedited Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon: History and Findings of the Critical Text Project, and has a chapter in the FARMS book Echoes and Evidences. Before coming to Utah, Coutts was the Administrative Vice President of Insurance and Equity in Germany and Texas and a president of the European Association of Life Underwriters. Coutts was born in London and raised on the Isle of Wight, England.

About the Author

Alison V.P. Coutts

Alison V. P. Coutts, director of publications for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, received a bachelor's degree in English, with a psychology minor, from BYU in 1996. She earned a master's degree in Ancient Near Eastern studies from BYU in 2001. Coutts has been director of publications for the Institute since 2000. Prior to that she contributed to many projects, including working as the staff editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. She coedited Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon: History and Findings of the Critical Text Project, and has a chapter in the FARMS book Echoes and Evidences. Before coming to Utah, Coutts was the Administrative Vice President of Insurance and Equity in Germany and Texas and a president of the European Association of Life Underwriters. Coutts was born in London and raised on the Isle of Wight, England.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors
  • Introduction
  • History of the Critical Text Project of the Book of Mormon
  • Fragments of the Original Manuscript
  • The Printer's Manuscript
  • Book of Mormon Editions
  • The Systematic Text of the Book of Mormon
  • A Response: "What the Manuscripts and the Eyewitnesses Tell Us about the Translation of the Book of Mormon
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  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893688
  • Page Count: 80
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