The Book of Mormon contains twenty-one chapters of the Book of Isaiah: two through fourteen, twenty-nine, and forty-eight through fifty-four. The language is primarily that of the King James Version with some variations. The King James Version itself has been translated from the Massoretic Hebrew Text. It is a fair assumption that the variations in the Book of Mormon represent an older, more accurate text than the Massoretic Text.
Textual critics are anxious to find ancient texts and versions of the scriptures in the hope that some of these texts may contain readings closer to the original than does the Massoretic Text thereby avoiding some of the errors of transmission to which the Massoretic Text has succumbed during its long history. It is generally expected among believers in the Book of Mormon that the variations in the Book of Mormon will be supported by comparison with the ancient versions and ancient Hebrew texts of Isaiah.
College and Department
Religious Education; Ancient Scripture
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ham, Wayne, "A Textual Comparison of the Isaiah Passages in The Book of Mormon With the Same Passages in the St. Mark's Isaiah Scroll of the Dead Sea Community" (1961). Theses and Dissertations. 4746.
Book of Mormon, Dead Sea scrolls