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The Book of Mormon

A Reader's Edition

Grant Hardy

Publication Year: 2003

Regarded as sacred scripture by millions, the Book of Mormon -- first published in 1830 -- is one of the most significant documents in American religious history. This new reader-friendly version reformats the complete, unchanged 1920 text in the manner of modern translations of the Bible, with paragraphs, quotations marks, poetic forms, topical headings, multichapter headings, indention of quoted documents, italicized reworkings of biblical prophecies, and minimized verse numbers. It also features a hypothetical map based on internal references, an essay on Book of Mormon poetry, a full glossary of names, genealogical charts, a basic bibliography of Mormon and non-Mormon scholarship, a chronology of the translation, eyewitness accounts of the gold plates, and information regarding the lost 116 pages and significant changes in the text._x000B_The Book of Mormon claims to be the product of three historical interactions: the writings of the original ancient American authors, the editing of the fourth-century prophet Mormon, and the translation of Joseph Smith. The editorial aids and footnotes in this edition integrate all three perspectives and provide readers with a clear guide through this complicated text. New readers will find the story accessible and intelligible; Mormons will gain fresh insights from familiar verses seen in a broader narrative context. This is the first time the Book of Mormon has been published with quotation marks, select variant readings, and the testimonies of women involved in the translation process. It is also the first return to a paragraphed format since versification was added in 1879.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Title Page

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pp. iii-

Copyright Page

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pp. iv-

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xxiii

The Book of Mormon is regarded as sacred scripture by more than twelve million people who generally accept it as an authentic record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the New World. It has provoked strong reactions— both positive and negative—since its publication in 1830, but by any standard it remains one of the most significant religious works to come out of...

The Small Plates of Nephi

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The First Book of Nephi: His Reign and Ministry

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pp. 5-60

1I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. ...

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The Second Book of Nephi

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pp. 61-138

1And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of teaching my brethren, our father, Lehi, also spake many things unto them, how great things the Lord had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Jerusalem. 2And he spake unto them concerning their rebellions upon the waters, and the mercies of God in sparing their lives, that they were not swallowed up in...

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The Book of Jacob, the Brother of Nephi

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pp. 139-159

1For behold, it came to pass that fifty and five years had passed away from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem;a wherefore, Nephi gave me, Jacob, a commandment concerning the small plates, upon which these things are engraven. 2And he gave me, Jacob, a commandment that I should write upon these plates a few of the things which I consider to be most precious; that I should...

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The Book of Enos

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pp. 160-162

1Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man, for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—2And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins. ...

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The Book of Jarom

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pp. 163-164

1Now behold, I, Jarom, write a few words according to the commandment of my father, Enos, that our genealogy may be kept. 2And as these plates are small, and as these things are written for the intent of the benefit of our brethren the Lamanites, wherefore, it must needs be that I write a little; but I shall not write the things of my prophesying, nor of my revelations. ...

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The Book of Omni

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pp. 165-168

1Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being commanded by my father, Jarom, that I should write somewhat upon these plates, to preserve our genealogy—2Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword to preserve my people, the Nephites, from falling into the hands of their enemies, the Lamanites. But behold, I of myself am a wicked man...

Mormon2's Explanatory Comments: The Words of Mormon

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The Words of Mormon

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pp. 171-173

1And now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up the record which I have been making into the hands of my son Moroni, behold, I have witnessed almost all the destruction of my people, the Nephites. 2And it is many hundred years after the coming of Christ that I deliver these records into the hands of my son;a and it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction of my...

Mormon2's Abridgment of the Large Plates of Nephi: Mosiah – Mormon 7

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The Book of Mosiaha

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pp. 177-248

1And now, there was no more contention in all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who belonged to King Benjamin, so that King Benjamin had continual peace all the remainder of his days. 2And it came to pass that he had three sons; and he called their names Mosiah, and Helorum, and Helaman. And he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his...

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The Book of Alma, the Son of Alma

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pp. 249-

1Now it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,a from this time forward, King Mosiah having gone the way of all the earth, having warred a good warfare, walking uprightly before God, leaving none to reign in his stead; nevertheless he had established laws, and they were acknowledged by the people; therefore they were obliged to abide by the...

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The Book of Helamana

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pp. 436-482

1And now, behold, it came to pass in the commencement of the fortieth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi,b there began to be a serious difficulty among the people of the Nephites. 2For behold, Pahoran had died, and gone the way of all the earth; therefore there began to be a serious contention concerning who should have the judgment-seat among the brethren...

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Third Nephi: The Book of Nephi,a the Son of Nephi, Who Was the Son of Helaman

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pp. 483-547

1Now it came to pass that the ninety and first year had passed awayc and it was six hundred years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem; and it was in the year that Lachoneus was the chief judge and the governor over the land.2 And Nephi, the son of Helaman, had departed out of the land of Zarahemla, giving charge unto his son Nephi, who was his eldest son, concerning the Plates...

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Fourth Nephi: The Book of Nephi,a Who Is the Son of Nephi, One of the Disciples of Jesus Christ

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pp. 548-553

1And it came to pass that the thirty and fourth year passed away,b and also the thirty and fifth,c and behold, the disciples of Jesus had formed a church of Christ in all the lands round about. And as many as did come unto them, and did truly repent of their sins, were baptized in the name of Jesus; and they did also receive the Holy Ghost. 2And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year,d ...

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The Book of Mormon (Chapters 1–7)

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pp. 554-568

1And now I, Mormon, make a record of the things which I have both seen and heard, and call it the book of Mormon. 2And about the time that Ammaron hid up the records unto the Lord,a he came unto me (I being about ten years of age, and I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people), and Ammaron said unto me, “I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe; ...

Moroni2's Additions to His Father's Record: Mormon 8 – Moroni 10

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The Book of Mormon (Chapters 8-9)

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pp. 571-578

1Behold, I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon. Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I have been commanded by my father. 2And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed. 3And my father also...

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The Book of Ethera

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pp. 579-614

1And now I, Moroni, proceed to give an account of those ancient inhabitants who were destroyed by the hand of the Lord upon the face of this north country. 2And I take mine account from the twenty and four plates which were found by the people of Limhi, which is called the book of Ether.b ...

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The Book of Moroni

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pp. 615-630

1Now I, Moroni, after having made an end of abridging the account of the people of Jared, I had supposed not to have written more, but I have not as yet perished; and I make not myself known to the Lamanites lest they should destroy me. 2For behold, their wars are exceedingly fierce among themselves; and because of their hatred they put to death every Nephite that will not deny the...

Appendix 1: Testimonies of Joseph Smith and Other Witnesses; Appendix 2: Chronology of the Translation; Appendix 3: The Lost Manuscript Two Documents; Appendix 4: Book of Mormon Plates and Records; Appendix 5: Book of Mormon Poetry; Appendix 6: Significan

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pp. 631-706

Suggestions for Further Reading

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pp. 707-710


E-ISBN-13: 9780252093883
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252027970

Page Count: 736
Publication Year: 2003