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Episode 16: Joseph Smith’s Papyri – John Gee

Laura Harris Hales interviews Dr. John Gee about the history of Joseph Smith’s papyri.

Dr. Gee has studied the papyri and the Book of Abraham for over thirty years, yet admits there are still many mysteries still to be unraveled.

He shares with listeners fascinating details regarding what we know about Joseph Smith’s purchase of the papyri in Ohio in 1835 to the Church’s acquisition of its remaining fragments from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the late sixties.

Along the way he shares some interesting stories about its translation, its teachings, and how Mother Smith used the papyri and mummies to provide for herself as a widow.

He also sheds light on issues regarding the provenance (where it came from) of the Book of Abraham and how its teachings on the pre-existence proliferated throughout the Church in the years after Joseph Smith’s death.

Be sure to check the links to articles written by Dr. Gee on both of these topics. Download Transcript

Extra Resources:

Episode 16 Transcript

“Some Puzzles from the Joseph Smith Papyri” (Free)

“New Light on the Joseph Smith Papyri” (FREE)

Introduction to the Book of Abraham

A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri

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