On Verifying Wordprint Studies: Book of Mormon Authorship

Title

On Verifying Wordprint Studies: Book of Mormon Authorship

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1990

Authors

Hilton, John L. (Primary)

Journal

BYU Studies Quarterly

Pagination

89-108

Volume

30

Issue

3

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Bibliographic Citation

Hilton, John L. "On Verifying Wordprint Studies: Book of Mormon Authorship" In BYU Studies Quarterly, Vol. 30. 1990:89-108.

Abstract

The need for rigorous, legitimate wordprint measurements is obvious in attempting to settle some of the most prominent controversies surrounding the Book of Mormon: Are the word patterns of Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, or Solomon Spaulding measurable in the Book of Mormon? Can wordprinting show that different sections of the Book of Mormon were written by different authors? Does Joseph Smith's role as translator obfuscate patterns unique to ancient authors? Fortunately the Book of Mormon is a near-ideal document for such objective wordprint studies, provided the measurement is made correctly.

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