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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Mormon Press (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492462
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,495 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holding an 1830 first edition of The Book of Mormon can stir the souls of bibliophiles and believers alike. -- The Salt Lake Tribune, October 3, 1998

Octavo editions give readers a firsthand experience of a milestone text: each includes page-by-page views, expert commentaries, and appropriate "marginalia." -- University of Chicago Magazine, October 2004

The copy used by Octavo is in extremely good condition and contains a rare four-page index tipped into the back. --Brigham Young University NewsNet, September 21, 1998 (lead story)

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Imaged from the collection of the Bridwell Library --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.

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The Book of Mormon testifies of the Savior Jesus Christ.
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This book will change your life and make you a better person.
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212 of 242 people found the following review helpful By "Lament" on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a sociologist and member of the American Academy of Religion, I find most of the reviews of the Book of Mormon not be helpful, on the one hand, and kind of curious, on the other hand. Clearly, most are from partisans (either strongly for or against) and not about the text itself or as holy writ of a significant world religion to be accorded the kind of respect one would for sacred writings of other religions.

I am among those who (many years ago) received a free copy and read it, both as religious text and as literature. It is not the kind of reading one takes lightly or for fun (altho' apparently some read it for ridicule). But then, neither does one do so for the Bible or Upanshids or Koran, etc. As religious text I found it very interesting and worthy of study, as suggested by some major religious studies scholars, e.g., the eminent Jewish scholar Jacob Neusner and a prominent professor at Harvard Divinity (whose name escapes me for the moment). I found reading the Book of Mormon to be much more akin to the Bible than to such things as Calvin's "Institutes" and other systematic theologizing.

It is something one should read for oneself rather than decide on the basis of critics or supporters. It has many beautiful poetic passages and inspiring moral sermons, like some of the best sermons I have heard delivered by a few Protestant preachers.

Is it historically accurate? Is the Bible? Who knows? But the jury is still out on both of those. However, one should not read it as a history text but as a human story, as something that portrays principles about the human condition and human society as people pursue various values and beliefs.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kelly S on May 30, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this version of the Book of Mormon because of the print format. The book is formatted just like a normal novel in that it is book-like as opposed to bible-like. The text is larger, easier to read and not in column format. Additionally, the pages are of average book thickness as opposed to the rice paper bibles are normally printed on. However, there are no verse numbers like in a traditional print version.

I purchased this edition because I was tired of the tiny print and thin paper of the copy that the missionaries gave me, and wanted something more substantial and easier to read. I highly recommend this edition for anyone else who is tired of tinier than tiny print and thin pages. The book is average novel size and about an inch and a half thick.

I am not going to comment on the text itself, because it seems that everyone else has already done that, and when I was looking for a review, I wanted to know about the format of the book as opposed to the content.

However, that cannot stop me from commenting on the people who have reviewed the book and essentially trashed the Mormon religion. I myself am not mormon, nor am I religious, however, I think it is important to study and understand all religions in an effort to reduce intolerance. So to those of you who have trashed the book and the religion, shame on your intolerance. Most religions and religious texts contain "facts" that are called into question, for example, virgin birth? Walking on water? If you don't agree with the Book of Mormon, great, you're entitled to that. But you aren't entitled to bash the religion and a book that I doubt most of you have even read. Take your opinions to someone who gives a darn and move on with your narrow minded life.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Sam Morgan on January 22, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a review of MacMay's version of the Book of Mormon (Kindle edition).

This appears to be the standard contemporary version of the text, but is missing the LDS chapter summaries. Also it does *not* have a table of contents and is thus difficult to navigate. For starting at the beginning and reading straight through, it will suffice. But for going to any specific book or chapter, there is no easy way to do so except for text searching. Regarding the formatting, each sentence has a title. ie, a sentence will start:

1 Nephi 2:20
20 (a single sentence)

1 Nephi 2:21
21 (a single sentence)

complete with 2 or three lines of white space between each sentence. This makes the text look awkward and interrupts the flow, but it does give the user something to search on when navigating.

Recommended only for the price; if ease-of-use and/or readability is more important to you, I suggest getting a different version.
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71 of 90 people found the following review helpful By mateo52 VINE VOICE on November 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
For the record, I read the entire text. But, as early as the middle of the book of I Nephi, which happens to be the very first, I realized my rating would be 5 stars. How does one rate the Christian bible, the Hebrew bible, the Qur'an, or any other book of theistic beliefs?
Ultimately, each interlocutor will be requested at some point - in most cases at several points - to take a leap of faith. Whether one is willing to take that step is dependent on a litany of factors, many of which may not hold as much meaning for another investigator. Yet, it seems to me the major consideration is to gain some minimal understanding of the diverse concepts that influence different groups at variable levels. It has been recently reported The Church of the Latter Day Saints is the fastest growing denomination of Christianity. That alone is justification enough for me to spend some time with the basic text to their belief system.
The Book Of Mormon is best understood with a conversational familiarity with the Christian bible. For the Mormon, it is Scripture, another testament of Jesus Christ. I am not sectarian, however even if I did subscribe to a specific religious theory, it would be difficult for me to dismiss another based exclusively on the premise at some point in time, the heavenly Father chose to terminate direct communication with his progeny. If the idea Noah could receive divine instruction to build an Ark offers concordance, it seems perfectly plausible alternative blueprints could be proffered to Nephi to cross the expanse of what we now know as the Atlantic Ocean. The New Testament is a new covenant, indicating God is susceptible to a modification of guidelines, who am I to state he didn't hedge his bets at a much earlier juncture?
The book is tedious but so is the Old Testament.
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