Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, the fourth volume in Professor Royal Skousen's ongoing Book of Mormon critical text project, considers every significant change that has occurred in the English Book of Mormon over the 175 years since Joseph Smith first dictated it to his scribes; it also considers a number of conjectured revisions for specific passages.
Part one of volume four commences with the Title Page and the Witness statements, and then proceeds from 1 Nephi 1 through 2 Nephi 10. It thus represents approximately one seventh of the Book of Mormon as we have it. Successive parts of volume four will be published at the rate of one per year over the next four years until the entire text is analyzed.
Professor Skousen, an internationally known professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University, has directed the Book of Mormon critical text project for the past sixteen years. Volumes one and two in the project, containing transcripts of the original manuscript and the printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon, were published by FARMS in 2001.
Volume three, which will describe the history of the Book of Mormon text from Joseph Smith's original dictation through the current standard editions, will appear after all parts of volume four have been published. Volume three will include a complete analysis of the grammatical editing of the Book of Mormon.