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Review of John S. Dinger, ed., Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon
TitleReview of John S. Dinger, ed., Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSkousen, Royal
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsCritical Text; Translation

On July 11,2013, I was surprised to get an email from a Community of Christ colleague informing me that the Smith-Pettit Foundation was publishing John S. Dinger's Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon: The First Printed Edition Compared to the Manuscripts and to the Subsequent Major LDS English Printed Editions and that there was to be a book signing on July 18, 2013, at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City. This was the first I had heard of this endeavor. The reference to the manuscripts piqued my attention, since I knew that neither manuscript was readily available, although fully readable microfilm-based photographs of the printer's manuscript were, but that was not the case for the original manuscript.The only readily available source for the original manuscript would be volume 1 of the critical text, the typographical facsimile of the original manuscript, edited by me and published in 2001 by the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). And the most convenient source for the printer's manuscript would be volume 2, the typographical facsimile of the printer's manuscript, published at the same time. Complete photographs of the two manuscripts, published as part of the Joseph Smith Papers, will not appear until at least 2015 (and probably later for the original manuscript).

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