“The Printed Editions” of the Book of Mormon


Poster for Royal Skousen


I received this a few hours ago, and happily pass it on:


The Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies is proud to announce the second of three illustrated lectures on the Book of Mormon by Brigham Young University Professor Royal Skousen, “25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned About the Book of Mormon Text.” The second lecture, “The Printed Editions,” will be held at BYU’s Gordon B. Hinckley Center on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 PM. 


Professor Skousen has spent a full quarter of a century studying the original and printer’s manuscripts of the Book of Mormon. Since 1988 he has followed every stroke of the scribal pen to uncover as near as possible the earliest text of that sacred record. As part of his ongoing Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, he also analyzed 20 printed editions of the Book of Mormon—15 published by the LDS Church, 4 by the RLDS Church (now the Community of Christ), and one private edition in 1858 (published by James Wright in New York City). The nature and history of these printed editions is the focus of this second lecture. Professor Skousen will compare the LDS and RLDS versions and identify the most innovative changes in the LDS editions. He will also bring his analysis up to date by discussing three editions published within the last decade, including Grant Hardy’s 2003 A Reader’s Edition (University of Illinois Press, 2003), the 2004 Doubleday Edition (with text furnished by the LDS Church), and his own 2009 The Earliest Text (Yale University Press, 2009).


Skousen is Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University. The lecture series is sponsored by the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, and L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library.


We hope you will be able to join us for an informative and memorable evening with Professor Skousen.



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  • http://www.templestudy.com Bryce Haymond

    This is certainly to be an interesting lecture, given the significant new edition of the scriptures published today by the Church. That only gives Royal four days to put some comments together about the new edition!