Royal Skousen (Editor), Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), 2005, 9×12.25″ hardbound.
Analysis of Textual Variants represents the central task of the Book of Mormon critical text project – namely, the attempt to recover the original English-language text of the Book of Mormon. When completed, this series will analyze the entire text of the Book of Mormon, from the title page to the end of Moroni and will consider every significant variant in the text as well as many potential variants.
Volume 2 includes a definitive treatment of the one passage that has caused more debate than any other in the history of the Book of Mormon text – namely, should 2 Nephi 30:6 read “a white and a delightsome people” or “a pure and a delightsome people”? In addition, Volume 2 provides striking evidence that the vocabulary of the original text of the Book of Mormon actually dates from the 1500s and 1600s, not from the 1800s. See, for instance, the discussion regarding the phrase “the pleasing bar of God” (in Jacob 6:13) and the use of the verb require in Enos 1:18 (“thy fathers have also required of me this thing”).