This edition of the Book of Mormon closely follows the 1908 Authorized Edition (RLDS) of the Book of Mormon that followed the original manuscript. The Book of Mormon is a canon of scripture accepted by the Community of Christ, however they do not mandate the degree of belief in or use of the Book of Mormon among their members.
The Pyramid Publications edition of the Book of Mormon is a republished paperback of the 1966 RLDS "Reader's Edition," the first attempt to place the Book of Mormon in modern English. Marcus Bach--a noted philosopher, teacher, ordained minister, author and lecturer who devoted a lifetime to increasing understanding and appreciation of diverse philosophical and religious perspectives--wrote a foreword to this paperback, wherein he states that "the Book of Mormon is indispensable to all religiously oriented people who have their secret questions about the interplay of God and man and who seek their own honest answers to a living faith in these modern 'latter days'.
Grant Hardy, a professor if history at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, spent time editing the text in an attempt to make the text more approachable to all readers, not just church members. Using the 1920 edition, he reformatted the text, returning it to a paragraphed format that had not been done since verses were added in 1879. Additional features to guide a reader's study were also added: quotation marks, topical headings, and additional appendices. Hardy sought to encourage readers to gain more from the text and also have a better grasp on original intent of the book.
James E. Faulconer, professor of philosophy and former Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious understanding at Brigham young University, developed a series of questions designed to prompt deep study. In The Book of Mormon Made Harder, questions prompt the reader to engage with thoughts and ideas as they read passages in the Book of Mormon. By making the study of the Book of Mormon "harder," Faulconer believes, readers will get more out of their study.
This set of scriptures was owned by President Spencer W. Kimball. In the Bible, each page has a heading, so it would be easier to find stories from the New and Old Testaments. His edition also comes with a special fore-edge color painting by Vera Dutter of the Salt-Lake City Temple. This technique is as old as the idea of a bound book itself.
The Maxwell Institute Study Edition uses text from the 2013 edition of the Book of Mormon but has been rearranged according to paragraphs and poetic stanzas. It also includes many footnotes containing commentary from LDS scholars. The purpose of this edition is to help readers make connections throughout the Book of Mormon and to “allow the book's sacred message to be heard anew.”
This volume reformats and arranges the text of the 2013 edition into 214 separate events. This helps the reader read the Book of Mormon as stories instead of as chapters. Of this volume the authors said,
“The writers of the Book of Mormon were real people living real lives just like us. Their lives didn’t consist of chapters and verses but were made up of experiences. Upon realizing this perspective, we started the quest to arrange the text into events that the people experienced as well as identifying who is speaking and where they were when the spoke.”
This study series uses text from the 2013 edition of the Book of Mormon along with commentary from the author. It was created to help readers of the Book of Mormon to understand symbolism, the text, and learn how to mark their own scriptures.
Mark Bennion, faculty member in the English department at BYU-Idaho, has written about Book of Mormon subjects in his poetry. This collection of poetry is about the people, places, and events found in the Book of Mormon. Bennion documents his own personal insights and interpretations of the Book of Mormon through his poetry.
The legacy edition of the Book of Mormon uses the full text of the 2013 edition. What makes this edition special is the Italian leather binding, symbolic Liahona and olive leaf debossing on the cover, and the painting The Lord Jesus Christ by Heinrich Hofmann. This edition is meant to be a keepsake for families using the finest materials available in its construction.