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The Joseph Smith Papyri and the Writings of Joseph of Egypt
|Title||The Joseph Smith Papyri and the Writings of Joseph of Egypt|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Journal||Journal of Mormon History|
|Date Published||April 2016|
|Keywords||Early Church History; Joseph (of Egypt); Joseph Smith Papyri; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Translation|
Much has been said, written, and discussed concerning the Joseph Smith Papyri and the Book of Abraham. Indeed, it is somewhat difficult to separate these two topics in any religious or academic discussion. Less often discussed yet similarly relevant are the writings of Joseph of Egypt that were also said to have been on the papyri acquired by the Church of the Latter Day Saints in 1835. To my knowledge, these writings have never been published or preserved, leaving many questions unanswered about the writings of Joseph of Egypt from the papyri. This article explores two of those questions: “What were these writings said to have contained?” and, “Did Joseph Smith ever translate these writings?” My approach in this paper is to collect, evaluate, and compare what eyewitnesses contemporary with the Prophet Joseph Smith have said about the writings of Joseph of Egypt from the papyri. In doing so, I hope to provide a general understanding concerning what early Latter-day Saints understood concerning Joseph’s writings on the Egyptian papyri.
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