No Weapon Shall Prosper : New Light on Sensitive Issues
Religious Studies Center, BYU, in cooperation with Deseret Book Company
After eleven Joseph Smith papyri fragments were returned to the Church in 1967, critics concluded that Joseph Smith had fabricated the Book of Abraham. Why?
The eleven fragments do not contain any text from the Book of Abraham but are part of an ancient Egyptian religious text. One fragment contains hieratic characters that match characters in the left-hand margin of three 1835 manuscripts opposite Book of Abraham text, suggesting Joseph Smith’s creative process. The same fragment was attached to the vignette that became Facsimile 1, suggesting that Abraham 1:12 refers to the characters on the fragment. The Egyptian in Facsimile 3 does not translate to Joseph Smith's explanation.