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And at some point, Emma donated the papyrus to a museum in Chicago.When the museum burned down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, it was assumed by all that the papyrus had been burnt up with it.
The book contains three facsimiles from the original papyri and Joseph Smith's translations of their images and characters.In 1851 it was printed in pamphlet form in England as part of a small collection of Joseph's writings entitled 'The Pearl of Great Price'. However, since the Egyptian papyri that Joseph used to produce the Book of Abraham scripture still remained on the earth then it would be possible for others to examine these documents.Since the Egyptian hieroglyphics language wasn't understood when Joseph received the papyri, Egyptologists could not verify that Joseph's translation of the Book of Abraham was correct.- The writings of Abraham while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus." began publishing regular bi-weekly installments of the text of the Book of Abraham, including woodcuts of three "Facsimiles" of the most significant illustrations in the collection of material that had been with the mummies. And in 1880, the Book of Abraham, by unanimous vote of LDS authorities, was "canonized" as official scripture of the LDS Church.From that point until his death in 1844, Joseph used the Book of Abraham material in sermons, lectures and other writings. The Book of Mormon plates that were used by Joseph to translate the Book of Mormon were taken back by the Angel Moroni so accepting that scripture as divinely translated is mostly a matter of pure faith.With the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, it finally became possible for scholars to decipher the Egyptian language.
This in turn enabled the experts to objectively evaluate Joseph's translation of the papyri.
Papyri translation Length of missing papyri BYU professor videos Critics' summary Editor's comments Links In July of 1835, a traveling showman named Michael Chandler brought an exhibit of four Egyptian mummies and papyri to Kirtland Ohio, then the home of the Latter-day Saints.
The papyri contained Egyptian hieroglyphics which intrigued the prophet Joseph Smith. Phelps and Oliver Cowdery as scribes, I commence the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphics, and much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham, another the writings of Joseph of Egypt, etc.
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So the logical question that many Latter-day Saints, living in more modern times, have had is 'why don't we let Egyptologists, who now understand Egyptian, look at the papyri and see if Joseph was correct in his translation?