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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 ste ...more
Hardcover, 848 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Yale University Press (first published 2009)
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Tyler
Dr. Skousen is an internationally renowned linguistic theorist and editor of this edition of the Book of Mormon. This magnum opus consists largely of the best, up-to-date scholarship on the prepublication manuscripts and early editions, edited by the Prophet Joseph Smith. The book documents various discrepancies and revisions in later editions, and gives the reader a word-for-word rendering as it came from the mouth of Joseph Smith. This book is a must for anyone interested in textual criticism, ...more
Stephen Cranney
Okay, so I didn't actually read the entire text itself. You can get most of what this book has to offer by reading the introductory, historical materials, and from reading the appendix at the back that has a listing of all the significant changes. In all it took about two hours, but it was well worth it.
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What Skousen has done here is just remarkable. The Earliest Text is the culmination of his work on The Book of Mormon critical text project. It is disappointing that more readers of The Book of Mormon are not familiar with this improved (and reformatted) text. The changes (both in format and language) provide for an entirely new experience reading this book.

Listen to our audio interview with Skousen about this project here:

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Austin Archibald
Fascinating. Sheds much light on the nature of scripture, Joseph's revelatory translation and dictation process, and the eventual production of the BoM. Some fascinating nuggets in the intro and appendix. Royal Skousen has done Mormondom a great service, spending decades on this project. This is the culmination of his work, where he gives us the very closest text of the BoM as it came from the lips of the prophet. If only we had 100% and not 28% of the original manuscript...
Peter
A monumental effort to find the origins of the Book of Mormonby comparing the original manuscript with the printers manuscript and later editions.A useful reference tool. In some instances Skousen makes what appears to be arbitrary decisions though.
Aaron
Absolutely amazing to see how many, and at the same time, how few changes there have been to the text of the Book of Mormon in the almost two-hundred years since Joseph Smith dictated it to scribes.
Michael
A monumental achievement. This is a great addition to my Book of Mormon collection.
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