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The Joseph Smith Papers and the Book of Abraham: A Response to Recent Reviews
|Title||The Joseph Smith Papers and the Book of Abraham: A Response to Recent Reviews|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Grow, Matthew J., and Matthew C. Godfrey|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Book of Abraham|
The Joseph Smith Papers welcomes engagement with its work and gratefully acknowledges the important work of various scholars on the Book of Abraham. Recent reviews in the Interpreter of Revelations and Translations, Volume 4, however, significantly misunderstand the purposes and conventions of the project. This response corrects some of those misconceptions, including the idea that the transcript is riddled with errors and the idea that personal agendas drive the analysis in the volume. The complex history of the Book of Abraham can be understood through multiple faithful perspectives, and the Joseph Smith Papers Project affirms the value of robust, respectful, and professional dialogue about our shared history.
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