Royal Skousen

Skousen’s work in linguistics has dealt chiefly with developing a theory of language called Analogical Modeling, a theory that predicts language behavior by means of examples rather than by rules. He has published three books on this subject: Analogical Modeling of Language (1989), Analogy and Structure (1992), and Analogical Modeling: An Exemplar-Based Approach to Language (2002). More recently, he has published on the quantum computation of Analogical Modeling, notably in his 2005 paper “Quantum Analogical Modeling” (available at www.arXiv.org).

Skousen began working on the critical text of the Book of Mormon in 1988. In 2001 he published the first two volumes of the Critical Text Project, namely, typographical facsimiles for the original and printer’s manuscripts of the Book of Mormon. From 2004 through 2009 he published the six books that make up volume 4 of the critical text, Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon. This work represents the central task of the Critical Text Project, to restore by scholarly means the original text of the Book of Mormon, to the extent possible.

In 2009 Skousen published with Yale University Press the culmination of his critical work on the Book of Mormon text, namely, The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text. The Yale edition presents the reconstructed original text in a clear-text format, without explanatory intervention. Unlike modern editions of the Book of Mormon that have added chapter summaries, scriptural cross-references, dates, and footnotes, this edition consists solely of the words dictated by Joseph Smith in 1828-29, as far as they can be established through standard methods of textual criticism. Later emendations by scribes, editors, and even Joseph Smith himself have been omitted, except for those that appear to restore original readings.

The Book of Mormon, Yale Edition, 2nd Edition

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Earliest Text – First Edition

Earliest Text – First Edition Online Free

Earliest Text – Second Edition

Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

Audiovisual

Skousen, Royal. Celebrating the New Edition of Royal Skousen’s Analysis of Textual Variants. Provo: The Interpreter Foundation, 2017.
Skousen, Royal. Do We Need to Make Changes to the Book of Mormon Text? In FAIR Conference 2012. Fair Mormon, 2012.
Skousen, Royal, and Stanford Carmack. Editing Out the “Bad Grammar” in the Book of Mormon. Provo: BYU Studies, 2016.
Skousen, Royal. Hypotheses and Evidence in Book of Mormon Research In Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum Conference. Fair Mormon, 2013.
Skousen, Royal, and Stanford Carmack. Nature of the Original Language of the Book of Mormon (Royal Skousen and Stanford Carmack)., 2018.
Skousen, Royal. The Nature of the Original Text In 25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned About the Book of Mormon Text., 2013.
Skousen, Royal. The Original and Printer’s Manuscript In 25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned About the Book of Mormon Text., 2013.
Skousen, Royal. The Original Book of Mormon In Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum Conference. Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum, 2003.
Skousen, Royal. The Printed Editions In 25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned About the Book of Mormon Text., 2013.
Skousen, Royal. Restoring the Original Text of the Book of Mormon. Fair Mormon, 2010.
Skousen, Royal. Restoring the Original Text of The Book of Mormon In FAIR Conference 2010. Fair Mormon, 2010.
Skousen, Royal. Royal Skousen on Book of Mormon Critical Text Project and Mary Whitmer Witness to the Gold Plates. Fair Mormon, 2014.
Skousen, Royal, and Robin Jensen. Royal Skousen & Robin Jensen–JS Papers, Rev & Trans, vol. 3 (8/19/15). Salt Lake City, Ut.: Benchmark Books, 2013.
Skousen, Royal. A Theory! A Theory! We have already got a theory, and there cannot be any more theories!. Provo, Ut.: The Interpreter Foundation, 2015.

Books

Skousen, Royal. Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, 2nd Edition In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project., 2017.
Skousen, Royal. Grammatical Variation In Critical Text of the Book of Mormon. Vol. 1-2 History of the Text of the Book of Mormon., 2016.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 1: The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 1. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2001.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 2: The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon: Part 1 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 2. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2001.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 2: The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon: Part 2 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 2. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2001.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 3: The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon (parts 1–4 published; parts 5–6 forthcoming) In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 3. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2018.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 4: Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part 4: Alma 21–55 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 4. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2007.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 4: Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part 6: 3 Nephi 19 – Moroni 10 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 4. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2009.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 4: Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part 1: 1 Nephi 1 – 2 Nephi 10 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 4. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2004.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 4: Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part 3: Mosiah 17 – Alma 20 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 4. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2006.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 4: Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part 5: Alma 56 – 3 Nephi 18 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 4. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2008.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 4: Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon Part 2: 2 Nephi 11 – Mosiah 16 In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 4. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2005.
Skousen, Royal. Volume 5: A Complete Electronic Collation of the Book of Mormon In The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Vol. 5. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2019.

Book Chapters

Skousen, Royal.Editions (1830-1981).” In To All the World: The Book of Mormon Articles from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2000.
Skousen, Royal.History of the Critical Text Project of the Book of Mormon.” In Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2002.
Skousen, Royal.Jacob 4-6: Substantive Textual Variants between Manuscripts and Editions.” In The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, The Bible, and Jacob 5. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 1994.
Skousen, Royal.John Gilbert’s 1892 Account of the 1830 Printing of the Book of Mormon.” In The Disciple as Witness: Essays on Latter-day Saint History and Doctrine in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 2000.
Skousen, Royal.Manuscripts of the Book of Mormon.” In To All the World: The Book of Mormon Articles from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism., 2000.
Skousen, Royal.The Original Book of Mormon Transcript.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research. Provo, Ut.: FARMS, 1992.
Skousen, Royal.The Systematic Text of the Book of Mormon.” In Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon: History and Findings of the Critical Text Project., 2002.
Skousen, Royal.Translating and Printing the Book of Mormon.” In Oliver Cowdery: Scribe, Elder, Witness., 2006.
Skousen, Royal.Translating the Book of Mormon: Evidence from the Original Manuscript.” In Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins., 1997.

Journal Articles

Skousen, Royal.The Archaic Vocabulary of the Book of Mormon.” Insights 25, no. 5 (2005): 2-7.
Skousen, Royal.Conjectural Emendation in the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 187-231.
Skousen, Royal.Critical Methodology and the Text of the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 1 (1994): 121-44.
Skousen, Royal.The Critical Text of the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Preliminary Reports (1994): 1-14.
Skousen, Royal.The Earliest Textual Sources for Joseph Smith’s ‘New Translation’ of the King James Bible.” FARMS Review 17, no. 2 (2005): 451-70.
Skousen, Royal.Findings About the Printer’s Manuscript.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11, no. 2 (2002): 37.
Skousen, Royal.History of the Critical Text Project of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11, no. 2 (2002): 5-21.
Skousen, Royal.How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon: Evidence from the Original Manuscript.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7, no. 1 (1998): 22-31.
Skousen, Royal.Introducing the Dead Sea Scrolls to an LDS Audience.” FARMS Review of Books 12, no. 2 (2000): 441-444.
Skousen, Royal.Jacob 4-6: Subtantive Textual Variants.” FARMS Preliminary Reports (1992): 1-22.
Skousen, Royal.John Gilbert’s 1892 Account of the 1830 Printing of the Book of Mormon.” FARMS Preliminary Reports (1997).
Skousen, Royal.The Original Language of the Book of Mormon: Upstate New York Dialect, King James English, or Hebrew?Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3, no. 1 (1994): 28-38.
Skousen, Royal.The Pleading Bar of God.” Insights 24, no. 4 (2004): 2-3.
Skousen, Royal.Review of The Bible II.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 6, no. 2 (1994): 1-2.
Skousen, Royal.‘Scourged’ vs. ‘Scorched’ in Mosiah 17:13.” Insights 22, no. 3 (2003): 2-3.
Skousen, Royal.Some Textual Changes for a Scholarly Study of the Book of Mormon.” BYU Studies Quarterly 51, no. 4 (2012): 99-117.
Skousen, Royal.The Systematic Text of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11, no. 2 (2002): 45-66.
Reynolds, Noel B., and Royal Skousen.Was the Path Nephi Saw ‘Straight and Narrow’ or ‘Strait and Narrow’?Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 10, no. 2 (2001): 30-33, 70.
Skousen, Royal.Worthy of Another Look: John Gilbert’s 1892 Account of the 1830 Printing of the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies and Other Restoration Scripture 21, no. 2 (2012): 58-72.