A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri

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 guide reflects not only the latest Egyptological research but also the most recent Latter-day Saint thought about the papyri. It deals with the nature of the papyri, their contents, their provenance, their relationship to the Book of Abraham and the Book of Breathings, current views of believers and detractors, and more.

About the Author

John Gee

John Gee (Ph.D. in Egyptology, Yale University) is William "Bill" Gay Assistant Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, where he is a series editor for Studies in the Book of Abraham and a member of the editorial board of the Eastern Christian Texts series. He is also on the board of directors for the Aziz S. Atiya Fund for Coptic Studies at the University of Utah.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Historical Overview
  • The Ancient Owners of the Papyri
  • Theories to Explain the Book of Abraham
  • The Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham
  • The Role of the Book of Abraham in Latter-day Saint Scripture
  • Further Reading
  • Glossary of Names
  • Glossary of Terms
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: January 2000
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893541
  • Page Count: 80
  • Illustration(s): 0
  • Binding: paperback
  • Price: $ 12.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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