...By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri
Charles M. Larson
Mormonism / Mormons Book of Mormon
This book examines one of the most significant events in modern Mormon history — the rediscovery in 1967 of the Egyptian papyri from which Joseph Smith claimed to translate the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price. The title of Larson's book is taken from the title page of the Book of Abraham: A translation of some ancient records, that have fallen into our hands from the catacombs of Egypt. The writings of Abraham while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand upon papyrus. The Joseph Smith papyri, long thought to have been destroyed in a fire in Chicago in the late 19th century, had in reality found their way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they came to public attention in 1967. Their rediscovery established for certain that Joseph Smith had authentic, ancient Egyptian documents in his possession when he produced the Book of Abraham.
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