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Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part Two: 2 Nephi 12 – Mosiah 13

Skousen, Royal. Analysis of Textual Variants in the Book of Mormon, 2nd Edition. Volume II. Provo, Ut.: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2017.

The 2nd edition of part 2 covers 2 Nephi 12 through Mosiah 13.


Skousen, Royal. Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, 1st Edition. Volume II. Provo, Ut.: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2005.

Part 2 of Volume 4 examines 898 cases of variation (or potential variation). For 388 of these cases, the critical text proposes a change from the standard text (the current edition). Of these proposed changes, 66 have never appeared in any standard edition, while 23 would make a difference when translating the Book of Mormon. For 13 cases, the proposed changes make the entire text fully consistent in phraseology or word choice, but there are 5 readings that restore a unique phrase or word to the text. In addition, part 2 provides striking evidence that the vocabulary of the original text of the Book of Mormon actually dates from the 1500s and 1600s, not from the 1800s. Each massive volume in the critical text averages nearly 670 oversize pages of research and analysis that reward careful examination with expanded views of the founding text of Mormonism.