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Recommended, both for a new look or an introduction,
This review is from: The Book of Mormon: A Readers Edition: A Reader's Edition (Paperback)
Grant Hardy has produced a nicely edited version of the 1920 Book of Mormon text, complete with paragraphs, quote marks (and footnotes indicating the reference) and a range of other useful features for readers. It is not as essential for scholarly work as Royal Skousen's The Book of Mormon: The Original Text, nor is it quite as accurate as the standard LDS 1981 edition (which restored parts of several verses that had been accidentally lost in transmission between previous printings), it is nonetheless very useful and highly recommended.
For actual Mormons (including the reviewer), reading the Book of Mormon in a form other than spreadsheet format makes for a different, and very pleasant reading experience. It's particularly helpful in following the chain of thought in a given passage, especially the sermons or biblical commentary - the latter of which is also greatly helped by Hardy's use of quotation marks and italics to denote quotation and allusion. The other helps are likewise useful in following the overall flow of the text, particularly useful when we sometimes can't see the books for the verses. For interested others, particularly students of comparative religion (including the reviewer again), Hardy's edition is perhaps even more useful, really helping the outsider to engage with what is actually a very complex text, and get an overall sense of the Book of Mormon itself. This includes a range of useful appendices, covering the historical circumstances of the Book of Mormon's publication, the most significant textual variations and chronological summaries of events within the book itself. Were I teaching a university course on the subject, I'd probably point the students to this text first.
Physically, as a paperback this isn't as study, nor does it stay open as well as Skousen's edition, but this also makes it quite a bit cheaper. The fonts are reasonably pleasant to look at, and so far the book has failed to fall apart despite some rough handling. Thus the Reader's Edition is highly recommended, especially as Hardy is donating all his royalties to the Church Humanitarian fund.
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