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The Book of Mormon - Skousen, Royal; Smith, Joseph - Yale University Press
  • Sep 22, 2009
    848 p., 7 1/2 x 9 3/16
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    ISBN: 9780300142181
    Cloth: $40.00 sc
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Religion

The Book of Mormon

The Earliest Text

  • Edited by Royal Skousen; Translated by Joseph Smith
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Listed as one of the "Christmas gifts for your demanding scholar" in 2009, Mormon Times

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2010 in the Religion category

First published in 1830, the Book of Mormon is the authoritative scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its estimated 13 million members. Over the past twenty-one years, editor Royal Skousen has pored over Joseph Smith's original manuscripts and identified more than 2,000 textual errors in the 1830 edition. Although most of these discrepancies stem from inadvertent errors in copying and typesetting the text, the Yale edition contains about 600 corrections that have never appeared in any standard edition of the Book of Mormon, and about 250 of them affect the text's meaning. Skousen's corrected text is a work of remarkable dedication and will be a landmark in American religious scholarship.

Completely redesigned and typeset by nationally award-winning typographer Jonathan Saltzman, this new edition has been reformatted in sense-lines, making the text much more logical and pleasurable to read. Featuring a lucid introduction by historian Grant Hardy, the Yale edition serves not only as the most accurate version of the Book of Mormon ever published but also as an illuminating entryway into a vital religious tradition.

Royal Skousen is a professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University and the leading expert on the textual history of the Book of Mormon. This is the tenth book in his ongoing Critical Text Project.

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