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I have an extra review copy of the Maxwell Institute's new study edition of the Book of Mormon, which we published last month together with BYU's Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book. I thought someone from the board here might volunteer to review it for the benefit of everyone else. Please sound off here and I'll pick somebody at random later this week. 

Has anyone already seen Hardy's earlier Reader's Edition? Still quite useful, but I think this one is much improved. As I've written elsewhere, this edition is the first ever to combine the Church’s current official version of the text (2013) with the results of Royal Skousen’s groundbreaking Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. Footnotes identify important around 200 substantive variants from the original and printer’s manuscripts up through its current English editions. Hardy also thoroughly revised the headings, paragraphing, punctuation, and poetic forms from the Reader’s Edition

The footnotes are somewhat sparse, but deliberately so. They point to intertextual elements, variants, and cross reference the declaration and fulfillment of prophesies. The whole volume is informed by decades of scholarship produced by FARMS, BYU Studies, the Religious Studies Center, the Maxwell Institute, and others. Hardy says the Book of Mormon’s narrative complexity and coherence—highlighted in this edition—offer some of the strongest evidences of its historicity and miraculous translation.

It also has newly commissioned charts and appendices to help readers keep straight the names and relationships of various individuals, places, and records, in addition to examples of chiasmus and testimonies from Joseph Smith and other witnesses—including several women—of the text and its translation.

Not to mention 20 original pieces of art, woodcuts, by Brian Kershisnik. 

So who would like the opportunity to review the book here?

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I would!

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I wouldn't have the time or the expertise to review it, but I am interested in purchasing it.  As far as ebooks go it looks like it is available to preorder on Amazon for Kindle.  Will the book be available on Apple iBooks as well?

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32 minutes ago, BHodges said:

I have an extra review copy of the Maxwell Institute's new study edition of the Book of Mormon, which we published last month together with BYU's Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book. I thought someone from the board here might volunteer to review it for the benefit of everyone else. Please sound off here and I'll pick somebody at random later this week. 

I'll review it for Times and Seasons if you'd like and post the review here as well.

7 minutes ago, ksfisher said:

I wouldn't have the time or the expertise to review it, but I am interested in purchasing it.  As far as ebooks go it looks like it is available to preorder on Amazon for Kindle.  Will the book be available on Apple iBooks as well?

If you download Calibre you can convert Kindle books to ePub to use in iBooks, Google Play or other ePub readers. I've started doing that for all my Amazon purchases.

 

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3 minutes ago, ksfisher said:

I wouldn't have the time or the expertise to review it, but I am interested in purchasing it.  As far as ebooks go it looks like it is available to preorder on Amazon for Kindle.  Will the book be available on Apple iBooks as well?

It should already be available on Kindle, but we aren't doing Apple. Sorry, Steve Jobs. :(

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29 minutes ago, BHodges said:

It should already be available on Kindle, but we aren't doing Apple. Sorry, Steve Jobs. :(

On Kindle it says available Jan 31.  It looks like they're trying to time the release of the kindle version with the availability of the paper book.

I prefer the layout of the iBooks screen over that of Kindle.  Enough so that I repurchased a few books on iBooks that I'd previously bought on Kindle.

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1 minute ago, clarkgoble said:

I'll review it for Times and Seasons if you'd like.

 

We already got a T&S reviewer lined up!

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Just now, BHodges said:

We already got a T&S reviewer lined up!

K. Give it to one of the other people who asked so someone else gets a chance then.

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I am very glad to hear about this, Blair.  I've wanted to see something like this for years, and recently purchased The Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon edited by David Hocking and Rod Meldrum (FIRM Foundation/Digital Legend, 2018).  I'll be purchasing a copy of this new Maxwell Institute Study BofM, so no need for a free review copy.  It'll be interesting to compare the two. Your description fairly whets my appetite.

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The e-book is available now at Deseret Book for use with their Bookshelf app.

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Put me on the list! 

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We would be interested but it would not be some 4 week turnaround, so maybe best if we just get the digital version for ourselves. Nevertheless, my wife has a degree in professional and technical writing. and I am in the process of closely evaluating the text of the Book of Mormon from a Hebraic context for the purpose of evaluating the original intent. I am probably surely not the ideal candidate for that, but that is where my interest lies.  Anyway, it is something I would be interested in studying for a bout a year. 

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I’d be interested and happy to give a review. 

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I would love to give it a review on goodreads.com.

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Looking forward to this. 

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OK, I assigned each of you a number and ran it through an online number generator. DispensatorMysteriorum's lot was cast. 

Please send me an email (blairhodges at byu dot edu) with your name and mailing address. I'll dispatch the review copy from Deseret Book. You can review in all those venues you named, but I would especially like you to post a review here on the forum! If you've changed your mind, let me know and I'll cast lots again. 

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Bump for DispensatorMysteriorum. If I don't hear back by next week we'll re-pick! 

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