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My name is Daniel H. Bartholomew. I have a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah. I love to study the Book of Mormon and create abstract art. I live in Salt Lake City with my wife and two daughters.

I am solely responsible for the content on this blog.

I am a believing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The blog posts here are written under the assumption and belief that the Book of Mormon is what it claims itself to be – an ancient record by prophets, engraved on gold plates, delivered to Joseph Smith by an angel and translated by the gift and power of God. You can read Joseph Smith’s account of these events here. You can request a free copy of the Book of Mormon here.  You can learn more about Mormons here.

The purpose of this blog is to provide notes, data, and tools that will be useful to conscientious students of the Book of Mormon – to help facilitate close readings and deeper understanding of the text. Part of this project will be to keep in mind professor Royal Skousen’s work with the Critical Text Project and the resulting published works, including “The Book of Mormon: the Earliest Text” (Yale University Press) as well as the volumes published under the title “Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon.”

Some things that I want to do (and make it easier for others to do):

  • To create files that will make it easier to study the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah (from the Hebrew Bible) – as understanding both of these books provides context and meaning that are significant for understanding the Book of Mormon. To make these files freely available.
  • Closely study and examine each Book of Mormon unit – each unit corresponding to a chapter in the chapter organization that existed in the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon. I want to do this while still keeping track of the chapter/verse organization that exists in the most current edition used by the LDS Church.
  • Work methodically through the Book of Mormon – a unit at a time, a verse at a time. To have a blog post for each verse and provide basic notes and word/phrase data for each verse.
  • To study each word that appears in a unit – to see how many times any given word  occurs in the unit and in what verses that word appears.
  • To look at each phrase that repeats in a unit – to see how many times any given phrase repeats in the unit and in what verses the phrase appears.
  • To provide a list for each unit – a list of all the words that appear, all the phrases that repeat, as well as data about how many times those words/phrases appear and in what verses they appear.
  • To be aware of any synonymous words and phrases that appear in a given unit.

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