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  1. Editor's Introduction: By What Measure Shall We Mete?
  2. Annual FARMS Lecture: The Book of Mormon, Designed for Our Day
  3. Book of Mormon Companion: Dictionary & More.
  4. A Sure Foundation: Answers to Difficult Gospel Questions
  5. Mormonism: The Prophet, the Book and the Cult.
  6. Orson Scott Card: How a Great Science Fictionist Uses the Book of Mormon
  7. Christ's Answer to the Atheist, to the Jew: Who Wrote It?
  8. The Keystone of Mormonism: Early Visions of the Prophet Joseph Smith
  9. The Land of the Nephites
  10. Converted to Christ through the Book of Mormon
  11. A Book of Mormon Guide: A Simple Way to Teach a Friend
  12. A Hermeneutic of Sacred Texts: Historicism, Revisionism, Positivism, and the Bible and Book of Mormon
  13. Tennis Shoes among the Nephites: A Novel
  14. Christianity in America before Columbus?
  15. By Grace Are We Saved
  16. "Polishing God's Altars": Fictionally Wresting the Book of Mormon
  17. A Reading Guide to the Book of Mormon
  18. Time Vindicates Hugh Nibley
  19. Lehi in the Desert, The World of the Jaredites, There Were Jaredites
  20. Ecological Nomadism versus Epic Heroism in Ether: Nibley's Works on the Jaredites
  21. The Prophetic Book of Mormon
  22. Since Cumorah
  23. The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure
  24. Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon
  25. American Book of Mormon Map
  26. Book of Mormon: Wide-Margin Edition
  27. Are the Mormon Scriptures Reliable?
  28. Indian Origins and the Book of Mormon
  29. Little Known Evidences of the Book of Mormon
  30. Little Known Evidences of the Book of Mormon
  31. Book of Mormon Bibliography
  32. About the Reviewers

Review of Eldin Ricks, ed., Book of Mormon: Wide-Margin Edition. Provo, UT: Mountain West, 1987. 820 pp. $17.95.


Reviewed by Lewis M. Bastian

The Book of Mormon: Wide-Margin Edition presents the complete text of the Book of Mormon in 29 three-hole punched booklets and can be purchased with a handsome three-ring binder. It is printed in large (12 point) type in single columns on the left side of each page, leaving the right lined half of the page for writing space for notes and references. Each of the 29 booklets is numbered in the top right-hand corner with the intent that this can serve as an index for an expanding file of content-related inserts or personal notes of extra length or relevant articles.

The advantages of a looseleaf presentation of the scriptures are readily apparent. What serious student has not been frustrated by the lack of space for notes and commentary as he has used the conventionally bound scriptures? Any teacher of the Book of Mormon will also immediately see the convenience of having the text for study and discussion for a particular class period in a detachable and portable thin booklet with his previously prepared annotations right in the wide margins of the booklet. The idea of being able to file relevant background material right with the scriptural text ought to appeal to any student of the Book of Mormon. And, of course, by adding binders the extent of the file is made practically limitless.

However, this reviewer questions the appropriateness of the booklet format. It seems to add needlessly to the bulk and expense of this edition of the Book of Mormon. I would prefer to have a true looseleaf format with each single leaf being detachable, thus increasing the versatility for making insertions right with the related text and being able to remove for teaching or other purposes the exact pages desired. I also find the right margin ruling too narrow (almost a third narrower than college or narrow-ruled lines). In fact, why provide ruling at all since it limits the options available to the user? Unruled margins (really half pages) would increase the versatility and personal adaptability of this edition. I would suggest also a little more top margin for personal head notes convenient for quick reference. This edition also lacks the helpful convenience of the wonderful cross-reference footnotes in the new (1981) edition of the Book of Mormon. Perhaps these issues can be taken into account for any future edition of this admirable undertaking.