Towards a Critical Edition of the Book of Mormon


Towards a Critical Edition of the Book of Mormon

TitleTowards a Critical Edition of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsSkousen, Royal
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
Volume30
Issue1
Pagination41-69
KeywordsCritical Text; Grammar; Textual History
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is not only to review the FARMS Book of Mormon Critical Text, but also to discuss some of the general problems that arise when trying to establish a critical text of the Book of Mormon. In this review article I will discuss the need for a critical edition of the Book of Mormon, consider the issue of Joseph Smith’s“bad grammar,” review the FARMS Book of Mormon Critical Text, and propose an alternative critical edition for the Book of Mormon.