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On Verifying Wordprint Studies: Book of Mormon Authorship

TitleOn Verifying Wordprint Studies: Book of Mormon Authorship
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsHilton, John L.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsSmith, Joseph, Jr.; Translator; Wordprint

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.