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When Hypotheses Collide: Responding to Lyon and Minson’s "When Pages Collide"
TitleWhen Hypotheses Collide: Responding to Lyon and Minson’s "When Pages Collide"
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGardner, Brant A.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture
KeywordsEarly Church History; King Benjamin; Lost 116 Pages; Martin Harris; Translation

At the end of 2012, Jack M. Lyon and Kent R. Minson published “When Pages Collide: Dissecting the Words of Mormon.” They suggest that there is textual evidence that supports the idea that Words of Mormon 12-18 is the translation of the end of the previous chapter of Mosiah. The rest of the chapter was lost with the 116 pages, but this text remained because it was physically on the next page, which Joseph had kept with him.

In this paper, the textual information is examined to determine if it supports that hypothesis. The conclusion is that while the hypothesis is possible, the evidence is not conclusive. The question remains open and may ultimately depend upon one’s understanding of the translation process much more than the evidence from the manuscripts.


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Scripture Reference

Words of Mormon 1:12-18