The book of Abraham was first published in 1842 and was canonized as part of the Pearl of Great Price in 1880. The book originated with Egyptian papyri that Joseph Smith translated beginning in 1835. Many people saw the papyri, but no eyewitness account of the translation survives, making it impossible to reconstruct the process.
The book of Abraham largely follows the biblical narrative but adds important information regarding Abraham’s life and teachings. The book of Abraham was first published in 1842 and was canonized as part of the Pearl of Great Price in 1880. The book originated with Egyptian papyri that Joseph Smith translated beginning in 1835.
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By Eric Johnson Note: The Mormon Church began publishing essays on a variety of historical and doctrinal issues. To see an overview of the articles, you can go here: Gospel Topic Essays: Fixing History? In this review of an article titled “Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham: A Gospel Topics Essay,” the entire article will be cited (all underlined), with my comments throughout.
Book of Abraham Breakdown can be found here. The Church released its official response to the Book of Abraham in its July 8, 2014 Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham essay, which can be read here. A critic's direct analysis and response to the Church's official essay can be read here.
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A portion of the papyri used by Joseph Smith as the source of the Book of Abraham. The Book of Abraham is part of the Pearl of Great Price, which mormons consider scripture. The papyri which Joseph Smith said he translated the Book of Abraham from have been exposed to be nothing more than funeral texts from ancient Egypt.
All five chapters of the book of Abraham, along with three illustrations (now known as facsimiles 1, 2, and 3), were published in the Times and Seasons, the Church’s newspaper in Nauvoo, between March and May 1842.” Essay on the translation and historicity of the Book of Abraham from the church.
The LDS church admits on their website that the Book of Abraham is not a translation of the papyri Joseph claimed it was a translation of: Also from the church’s website: “Mormon and non-Mormon Egyptologists agree that the characters on the fragments do not match the translation given in the book of Abraham”.
Mormon Essays publishes links to the recent essays written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church. Many of the essays address controversial issues from the church's history. The essays seek to explain the events in an easy to understand format for both members of the church and other individuals that may be interested in Mormon History.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Book of Abraham is inspired scripture and probably not a literal translation from ancient Egyptian scrolls by LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, the Utah-based.
The Book of Joseph is an untranslated text identified by Joseph Smith after analyzing Egyptian papyri that came into his possession in 1835. Joseph Smith taught that the text contains the writings of the ancient biblical patriarch Joseph.From the same papyri collection, Smith produced the first part of the Book of Abraham, but was killed before any known part of the Book of Joseph was translated.
The Joseph Smith Papers is pleased to announce its latest web release, which includes the launch of a new, online-only Financial Records series. This series features Joseph Smith’s financial transactions, both personal and related to various organizations and businesses, to be published over the next few years.
The Kirtland Egyptian Papers (KEP) are working documents of Joseph Smith's translation of Egyptian papyri, of which is a source for his Book of Abraham. The manuscripts are written by Joseph Smith and his scribes: William W. Phelps Warren Parrish Oliver Cowdery Frederick G. Williams Willard Richards.
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History of the Book of Abraham:. In 1835, Joseph Smith, founder of the original Mormon church -- the Church of Christ -- purchased several Egyptian papyrus scrolls and fragments from the owner of a traveling road show which exhibited Egyptian mummies and documents.
From a believer's perspective, however, there are several possible theories to account for this: 1) The text was revealed much in the same manner as that of the Book of Mormon, without the need for the actual papyri, 2) The text was present on portions of the papyri that are missing, and 3) The Book of Abraham manuscript was attached to the Book of Breathings manuscript and was lost.
Hence, in my own devotionals, I read the book of Abraham in the same manner that I read the Book of Mormon and believed it had the authority of a sacred text. It was not until I became involved in the Community of Christ that I learned that the book of Abraham was the one text from the LDS canon not considered scripture by the RLDS church.
The linked response essay contains the important points from the book, and is written as specific refutation to the church essay. It's succinct and devastating enough that it might be a good candidate for sharing with friends and family.