As I have been working on the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, people have occasionally written or talked to me about passages in the Book of Mormon that seem strange or difficult. A good many have made specific suggestions about emendations (or revisions to the text). Surprisingly, a large percentage of these have ended up being correct or have led me to come up with an appropriate emendation.
Most of these suggestions have also been worthy of treatment in volume 4 of the critical text (which will deal with the analysis of textual variants in the Book of Mormon). In some cases, the suggested emendations will be discussed even if it turns out that the evidence doesn't support making a change.
You may have noticed in the recent FARMS publication Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon: History and Findings of the Critical Text Project that I gave credit in my last article ("The Systematic Text of the Book of Mormon") for six different emendations. I have always felt that credit should be given for all suggestions that will be discussed in the critical text.
Thus far these suggestions have come from (1) ordinary readers of the Book of Mormon, (2) students in my textual criticism class at Brigham Young University, or (3) student researchers who have worked for me on this project. The main purpose of this letter is to explicitly extend an invitation to all interested readers of the Book of Mormon to send me any examples they might have of possible textual emendations or difficulties in the text that need to be considered.
Volume 4 of the critical text will be approximately 2,000 pages long and will appear in four separately bound parts. The first part, now in preparation, will cover the small plates of Nephi (from 1 Nephi through Omni), plus the Words of Mormon, and will appear sometime next year. My plan is to publish one part per year. So this means that suggestions for the text need to come in soon, especially those that deal with the first part of the text.
Please feel free to contact me directly.
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