"Royal Skousen has single-handedly brought the textual analysis of the Book of Mormon to a professional level on par with the finest classical and biblical scholarship. This volume is the culmination of his labors, and it is the most textually significant edition since Joseph Smith's work was first published in 1830. It takes us back to the original manuscript (as best we can reconstruct it) and sometimes beyond, to the very words that were first spoken by Joseph Smith to his scribes."-Grant Hardy, from the Introduction -- Grant Hardy "The product of over two decades of painstaking labor by Royal Skousen-a Brigham Young University professor of linguistics and English language, a Mormon and an occasional spelling-bee judge-this Yale edition aims to take us back to the text Smith envisioned as he translated, according to the faithful, from golden plates that he unearthed in upstate New York."-Stephen Prothero, Wall Street Journal -- Stephen Prothero Wall Street Journal "Very important ... the bottom-line results of one of the most impressive and sustained individual scholarly undertakings in the history of Mormonism ... [in] a single, convenient volume ... readily accessible ... wonderful ... a great study edition."--Daniel Peterson, Mormon Times -- Daniel Peterson Mormon Times "A work of unique aesthetic and scholarly value, and an essential resource for scholarly approaches to the Book of Mormon."-Seth Perry, Journal of Ecclesiastical History -- Seth Perry Journal of Ecclesiastical History "Although it is the result of meticulous scholarship ... this is a book that transcends the scholarship. It should appeal to a wider readership ... as a contribution to experiencing the Book of Mormon."-Brant A. Gardner, Journal of Mormon History -- Brant A. Gardner Journal of Mormon History
About the Author
Royal Skousen is a professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University and the leading expert on the textual history of the 'Book of Mormon'. This is the tenth book in his ongoing 'Critical Text Project'.