Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part One: 1 Nephi--2 Nephi 11
Skousen, Royal. Analysis of Textual Variants in the Book of Mormon, 2nd Edition. Volume I. Provo, Ut.: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2017.
The 2nd edition of part 1 covers 1 Nephi 1 through 2 Nephi 11.
Skousen, Royal. Analysis of Textual Variants in the Book of Mormon, 1st Edition. Volume I. Provo, Ut.: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2004.
Part 1 of volume 4 commences with the title page and the witness statements and then proceeds from 1 Nephi 1 through 2 Nephi 10. It represents approximately one-seventh of the Book of Mormon as we have it. Specifically, Professor Skousen examines 774 cases of variation or potential variation in his quest to determine the original reading. In 420 instances, the current standard version varies from his proposed original text, and 157 of these have never appeared in any standard printed edition of the Book of Mormon. Most of the 420 differences involve variation in phraseology, but 75 of them alter the meaning in ways that would affect translation though never in a manner that changes either doctrinal content or the fundamental meaning of the text.