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A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Since the rediscovery of the Joseph Smith Papyri in 1967, the papyri have been the center of conflicting, and often confusing, claims. This full-color, reader-friendly guide contains an overview of the basic facts and major theories about the papyri, along with helpful maps, illustrations, charts, and glossaries of terms and names.

Written by Egyptologist John Gee, this gu

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Unknown Binding, 67 pages
Published December 31st 2000 by Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (first published August 1st 2000)
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Chris Webber
Sep 25, 2010 Chris Webber rated it it was ok
Gee does an excellent job providing the basics about the papyri associated with the Book of Abraham. But it is astonishingly faith promoting as Gee completely omits the most controversial aspects of the papyri. It did little to explain what I consider to be the two primary indicting elements to the Book of Abraham: 1) Facsimile 3 with Joseph's identifications being completely inaccurate according to Egyptologists and 2) The KEP as a literal alphabetic translation for the papyri.

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Heather
Aug 31, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
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An excellent guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri, with useful charts and illustrations, and a superb list of references for further study. Some reviewers have inaccurately claimed that this guide doesn't address the more controversial aspects of the Papyri. Gee addresses the connection between the Papyri and the Book of Abraham (see page 9), differences in interpretations of the facsimiles (see pgs. 33-41), and the Kirtland Egyptian Papers (KEP) Theory (see pgs. 21-23), among other "controversial" ...more
Katrina Lantz
Jan 23, 2015 Katrina Lantz rated it it was amazing
Simple presentation of historical facts and images from ancient artifacts. The analysis is very helpful in understanding further, in-depth study on The Book of Abraham, The Apocalypse of Abraham, etc. For next reading, I recommend Hugh Nibley's book Abraham in Egypt.
Barry
Mar 05, 2008 Barry rated it it was ok
Shelves: mormon
This book represents an apologetic attempt by a BYU professor at FARMS to draw a connection between the Egyptian papyri the church purchased from Michael Chandler and the Book of Abraham that Joseph claimed to have translated from it. I read this book hoping to find an answer to what I view as a very serious problem in Mormon theology.

The author works hard to draw parallels between ancient Egypt and the Book of Abraham, while ignoring the fact that LDS and non-LDS Egyptologists have conclusivel
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Ruth
Dec 03, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it
This little primer on the J.S. papyri was brief and to the point, probably most helpful for those who have zero background on the subject. It's obviously written with a scholar's eye for academic documentation (all sources are scrupulously noted; very little speculation is mentioned, although the author mentions several theories out there in the research communities, both LDS and non-LDS based). I had hoped for a few more comments on facsimile no. 1, and the use of a priest's cap on the body of ...more
Tyler
Dec 26, 2013 Tyler rated it it was ok
I don't know what I expected from this. It's short, I had it on my shelf, so I read it. If someone read Gee's little book and nothing else, the takeaway would be that the Book of Abraham is mildly controversial but ultimately the faithful view will win out. There are no clear conclusions drawn, mostly a handwaving exercise with arguments broken down by subtopic only to be dismissed one by one. The book's one redeeming quality is the full-color illustrations. For actual substance, read Charles M. ...more
Sirpa Grierson
Short and informative history. Comes with a glossary and readings list for those who want to delve further into the current research.
Nancy
Dec 15, 2008 Nancy added it
A short little book telling what is known about the papyri. It was on a bookshelf at the HC and I read it in about 1/2 an hour. Lots of illustrations. I learned some things I didn't know.
Todd
Jul 19, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it
Worth the read to better understand these documents.
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Short but a useful little read.
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A great source for Egyptian translations and the background of the papyri.
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