Temple Hill Books, an imprint of the Editorium, is pleased to announce the release of the first two volumes of The Readable Scriptures: The Standard Works Reformatted for Clarity and Structure. These volumes are newly designed and typeset editions of the Book of Mormon and the New Testament. Future volumes will include the Old Testament, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, all considered to be scripture by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Over the years, these publications have been formatted for ease of reference and use in church meetings. As useful as that is, it also tends to obscure the nature of the original records. "The scriptures are much more than verse after verse of identically formatted text," explains Jack Lyon, owner of Temple Hill Books. "They include ancient headings, direct quotations, majestic poetry, and much more."
The Readable Scriptures uses the standard text of the Book of Mormon and the King James Bible but removes the modern overlay of verse numbers, double columns, chapter summaries, and cross-references. Then it formats the text based on the content of the record itself--as headings, poetry, block quotations, or whatever is required, including modern paragraphing to organize verses in context. The result shows the underlying structure of the sacred records and is easy to read and understand.
Appropriately formatting the scriptures does more than increase understanding, however. It also helps reveal the complexity and sophistication of these remarkable records. For all who are serious students of the scriptures, these new editions will pay rich dividends in deeper comprehension and enhanced appreciation.