Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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John Hilton, Book of Mormon studies, Kenneth D. Jenkins, scriptural statistical analysis, Anthon Transcript, Mark Hofmann, Lavina Fielding Anderson, FARMS editor


Projects described in the November 1980 newsletter continue, meanwhile here we spotlight another challenging research activity. John Hilton of Walnut Creek, California, has long had an interest in Book of Mormon studies. But his main talent is talking to computers -- and getting answers. He and his (non-Mormon) collaborator, Kenneth D. Jenkins, have access to a large computer complex during many hours per day . It's already ingested the modern and 1830 texts of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and the King James version of the Bible, thanks to the cooperation of Max Rogers, Director of the BYU Language Research Center, and the university's administration. With these texts on computer tape many kinds of statistical analyses can be carried out.