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The Original Book of Mormon Manuscript

TitleThe Original Book of Mormon Manuscript
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1970
AuthorsJessee, Dean C.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsBook of Mormon Translation; Early Church History; Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

While much that has been said regarding the origin of the Book of Mormon is beyond the experience of the average searcher, only as he accepts or rejects the credibility of the earliest witnesses, the existence of the book itself provides a common ground for careful investigation. But beyond this, some surviving, badly weathered fragments of the original manuscript permit a consideration of the Book of Mormon from a paleographic standpoint. It is the purpose of this study to review the history, and consider the handwriting and composition of the remaining segments of the original manuscript for what they may contribute to the credibility of early witnesses regarding the Book of Mormon origin.