Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Missing Words: King James Bible Italics, the Translation of the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith as an Unlearned Reader

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
7/9/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
68 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
base text, Book of Mormon, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, isaiah, italics, lds, Mormonism, translation

Abstract: Chapters from Isaiah quoted in the Book of Mormon use the King James Bible as a base text yet frequently vary from it in minor ways. A disproportionate number of these variants are due to the omission or replacement of words italicized in the KJV. Many of these variants are best explained as the results of Joseph Smith’s attempts to restore missing words to a text from which some words (those italicized in the KJV) had been purposefully omitted by a prior translator. The proposed explanation is consistent with witness accounts of the Book of Mormon translation that portray Joseph Smith visioning a text that was already translated into English. An understanding of the human element in the Book of Mormon translation can aid the student of scripture in distinguishing the “mistake of men” from those variants that are integral to the Book of Mormon’s Bible quotations.

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