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We are excited to announce that Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen will be here on Wednesday, August 19, to discuss the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (published—in two parts—by the Church Historian’s Press). They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

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The Book of Mormon is the centerpiece of Joseph Smith’s documentary record. It served to Smith’s followers as a witness of his divine mission and as a foundation of their newfound faith. This volume, the third in the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, gives readers unprecedented access to an early Book of Mormon manuscript through full-color photographs, a color-coded transcript, introductions, and reference material.

From early April to late June 1829, Joseph Smith dictated the majority of the text of the Book of Mormon. He and other believers explained that Smith translated the Book of Mormon from writings on ancient metal plates to which he had been led by a heavenly messenger. Smith’s translation of the plates was not the conventional process of converting text from one language to another through expert knowledge of both languages—instead, he recounted that he dictated the text “by the gift and power of God.” With the aid of “interpreters” he found buried with the plates and a seer stone already in his possession, Joseph Smith dictated the text to Oliver Cowdery and several other scribes. Four high-quality photographs of this seerstone are included—the first to ever be released.

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After the original manuscript was completed and Joseph Smith had secured the services of a printer, Smith directed that a second copy, now known as the printer’s manuscript, be created. This would allow the original manuscript to be kept safe while the second copy was taken to the print shop. Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, and a third, unknown scribe created the printer’s manuscript from roughly August 1829 to January 1830, and pages of it were taken in batches to E. B. Grandin’s print shop in Palmyra, New York, as printing proceeded. The printer’s manuscript was consulted again by Joseph Smith and others when the second edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. The manuscript was eventually obtained by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ), headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and it is reproduced here with their generous permission. The carefully preserved manuscript is virtually complete—only three lines of text are missing.

Royal Skousen, professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University, has been the editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project since 1988. In 2009, Skousen published with Yale University Press the culmination of his critical text work, The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text. Skousen received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1972. He has also taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of California at San Diego, and, as a Fulbright lecturer, at the University of Tampere in Finland. In 2001, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute in the Netherlands.

Robin Scott Jensen is the associate managing historian and project archivist for the Joseph Smith Papers. He specializes in document and transcription analysis. In 2005 he earned an MA degree in American history from Brigham Young University, and in 2009 he earned a second MA in library and information science with an archival concentration from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is now pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Utah. He completed training at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents in 2007.

 

Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Church Historian’s Press, 2015. Hardback. 539pp/437pp. Reg. $89.99/ea–SALE $80.99/ea. (save 10%–also, save 10% on future volumes in the JSP by becoming a subscriber–ask us for details!)

 

Also by Royal Skousen:

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 1. FARMS, 2004. Hardback. $49.95

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 2. FARMS, 2005. Hardback. $49.95

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 3. FARMS, 2006. Hardback. $49.95

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 4. FARMS, 2006. Hardback. $49.95

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 4. FARMS, 2006. Hardback. $49.95

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 5. FARMS, 2008. Hardback. $49.95

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 6. FARMS, 2009. Hardback. $49.95

The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon. FARMS, 2001. Hardback. $49.95

The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, 2 vols. FARMS, 2001. Hardback, $99.95

The Book of Mormon – The Earliest Text. Yale University Press, 2009. $35.00

Also by Robin Jensen (as co-editor):

Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books: Facsimile Edition. Church Historian’s Press, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $99.99, SALE $59.99 **SIGNED BY ALL THREE VOLUME EDITORS**

Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books: Facsimile Edition. Church Historian’s Press, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $99.99, SALE $79.99. **SIGNED BY ALL THREE VOLUME EDITORS AS WELL AS THE THREE GENERAL EDITORS.  AS FAR AS WE KNOW, THESE FEW COPIES SIGNED BY ALL SIX EDITORS ARE AVAILABLE NOWHERE ELSE, WHICH MAKES THESE ALL THE MORE RARE AND VALUABLE!**

Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations & Translations, Vol. 1. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardback. $79.95. This “library edition” includes all of the color-coded transcriptions of the facsimile edition with limited full-color images of important manuscript pages (rather than all pages as in the Facsimile Edition) such as the “Sample of Pure Language” as well as pages showing editorial marks.

Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $69.95, SALE $19.99

Other Joseph Smith Papers volumes available (all hardback, published by the Church Historian’s Press):

Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839). 2008. $49.95

Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843). 2011. Reg. $54.95, SALE $17.99

Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories (1832-1844). 2012. $54.95

Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories (1831-1847). 2102. $54.95

Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831. 2013. $54.95

Documents, vol. 2: July 1831 – January 1833. 2013. $54.95

Documents, vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834. 2014. $54.95

 

Shipping–Media Mail: due to the weight, $7.50 for one volume, $10 for both (inquire for rates for additional books). Priority/UPS/FedEx options available–inquire for details.

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