Monday, May 20, 2024

Corresponding chapters in each edition

It's not easy to find references in the 1830, 1837 and 1840 editions of the Book of Mormon because they were not divided in to the Chapter and verse we're used to today. Orson Pratt created the LDS versification for the 1879 edition. The RLDS editions instead retained the original chapters but divided the text into verses.

The Joseph Smith papers provides a useful reference, here:

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/back/corresponding-chapters-in-editions-of-the-book-of-mormon?p=1

As a reference, we'll include the table here in case the original link is ever deleted.

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Corresponding Chapters in Editions of the Book of Mormon

This table provides corresponding chapter and page information to assist readers in referencing different editions of the Book of Mormon. The table is organized according to the chapter numbers found in the first printed edition (1830), given in the left column. Because the Book of Mormon published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the most widely available edition of the text, the table is further subdivided to coincide with chapter breaks in the current (2013) Latter-day Saint edition.
Unique supplementary material in each edition, such as copyright information and various prefaces, is represented in the first table row. Corresponding page numbers are then given for the original title page, “The Testimony of Three Witnesses,” and “The Testimony of Eight Witnesses.”
The second and third columns contain corresponding page numbers in the original manuscript and the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, the latter being the copy of the original manuscript delivered to the printer for use in setting the type of the first printed edition. As neither manuscript contains paragraph breaks, line numbers are also provided when pages are complete.
Because so little of the original manuscript is extant, the page and line numbers in the “OM” column of this table may not represent complete chapters. Page numbering for 1 Nephi through Enos comes from extant page numbers in the manuscript. Beginning in Alma, page numbers are estimated and are presented here in brackets.
The fourth through seventh columns in this table provide corresponding page numbers from editions of the Book of Mormon published during Joseph Smith’s lifetime, beginning in 1830.
The eighth and ninth columns contain the corresponding versification in the 1992 Community of Christ edition and the 2013 Latter-day Saint edition.
Key
OM: Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon
PM: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon
1830: Book of Mormon, 1830 edition
1837: Book of Mormon, 1837 edition
1840: Book of Mormon, 1840 edition
1841: Book of Mormon, 1841 edition
1992: Book of Mormon, 1992 edition, Community of Christ
2013: Book of Mormon, 2013 edition, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  1. 1

    This versification first appeared in Latter-day Saint editions of the Book of Mormon in 1879.

  2. 2

    This edition also includes eight pages of additional introductory material before the numbering begins on p. [i].

  3. 3

    See “Essays on Leaves Acquired from the University of Chicago.”

  4. 4

    See “Essays on Leaves Acquired from the University of Chicago.”

  5. 5

    See “Essays on Leaves Acquired from the University of Chicago.”