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



Book of Mormon scribes, Oliver Cowdery, printer's manuscript, Hyrum Smith, Dean Jessee, Martin Harris


A copy of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon was made by Oliver Cowdery and two other scribes. This copy is called the printer's manuscript, since it was the one normally used to set the type for the first edition. Oliver Cowdery transcribed about 85% of the copy. Most of the remainder is in the second scribe's hand, with only a few pages by the third scribe, apparently in relief for the second scribe. The third scribe has been identified as Hyrum Smith by Dean Jessee. Until now the second scribe has been unidentified, but new evidence suggests that it is Martin Harris.