Book of Abraham Translation

The Book of Abraham is a collection of writings claimed to be from several Egyptian scrolls. The church purchased the scrolls to be translated into English by Joseph Smith. According to Smith, the book was "a translation of some ancient records... purporting to be the writings of Abraham, while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus. Joseph Smith said the papyri described Abraham's early life, his travels to Canaan and Egypt, and his vision of the cosmos and its creation. The translation has been published as part of the Pearl of Great Price since 1880. Several fragments of the Book of Abraham papyri were found in the archives of the and upon examination by professional Egyptologists (both Mormon and otherwise), these fragments were identified as common Egyptian funerary texts, including the Breathing Permit of Hôr and the Book of the Dead, among others. They do not reference or contain anything about Abraham. Many today question the translation and conclude that this exposes Joseph Smith as a fraud.

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