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On January 31, 2020, Pearl of Great Price Central published its fortieth Insight related to the Book of Abraham. The publication of Book of Abraham Insight #40 (“The Relationship Between the Book of Abraham and the Joseph Smith Papyri”) marks the culmination of an initial run of articles exploring the Book of Abraham from textual, historical, narrative, linguistic, and doctrinal perspectives. The published Insights explore the Book of Abraham text, the facsimiles, and the coming forth and translation of the record.
As explained on the Pearl of Great Price Central website, “These short articles aim to provide readers with useful insights as they explore this rich and rewarding text and to bolster confidence in Joseph Smith’s claim to have translated the writings of Abraham. The articles have been kept deliberately short so as to not overwhelm readers with sometimes technical and arcane information about ancient languages and cultures. For those wanting to dive deeper into these matters, suggested readings are provided at the end of each article.”
In addition to the published articles, a video has been released drawing from the Insights related to the historical plausibility of the Book of Abraham. Two more videos on the facsimiles and the translation of the Book of Abraham are planned for release later this year. Additional Insights on the Book of Abraham will appear in the future with the advancement of scholarship and the publication of new research.
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Insights on the historicity of the Book of Abraham
BOA Insight #1: Abraham and Idrimi
BOA Insight #2: Human Sacrifice
BOA Insight #3: The Plain of Olishem
BOA Insight #4: Ur of the Chaldees
BOA Insight #5: Did Abraham Lie About His Wife Sarai?
BOA Insight #6: The Idolatrous God of Elkenah
BOA Insight #7: Sobek, The God of Pharoah
BOA Insight #8: Zeptah and Egyptes
BOA Insight #9: Shulem, One of the King’s Principal Waiters
BOA Insight #10: The Blood of the Canaanites
BOA Insight #11: Jews in Ancient Egypt
BOA Insight #12: Abrahamic Legends and Lore
BOA Insight #13: The Ancient Egyptian View of Abraham
BOA Insight #14: The Ancient Owners of the Egyptian Papyri
BOA Insight #15: Abrahamic Astronomy
BOA Insight #16: Shinehah, The Sun
BOA Insight #17: Kolob, The Governing One
BOA Insight #18: The Divine Council
BOA Insight #19: Creation from Chaos
BOA Insight #20: Ancient Near Eastern Creation Myths
BOA Insight #21: The Foreordination of Abraham
BOA Insight #22: The Abrahamic Covenant
BOA Insight #23: By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus
BOA Insight #24: Chiasmus in the Book of Abraham
BOA Insight #25: Egyptianisms in the Book of Abraham
BOA Insight #26: The Fall of Lucifer
Insights on the facsimiles of the Book of Abraham
BOA Insight #27: Approaching the Facsimiles
BOA Insight #28: Facsimile 1 as a Sacrifice Scene
BOA Insight #29: The Idolatrous Priest (Facsimile 1, Figure 3)
BOA Insight #30: The Purpose and Function of the Egyptian Hypocephalus
BOA Insight #31: The Hathor Cow (Facsimile 2, Figure 5)
BOA Insight #32: The Four Sons of Horus (Facsimile 2, Figure 6)
BOA Insight #33: God Sitting Upon His Throne (Facsimile 2, Figure 7)
BOA Insight #34: Facsimile 3: Judgment Scene vs. Presentation Scene
BOA Insight #35: Abraham and Osiris (Facsimile 3, Figure 1)
BOA Insight #36: Isis the Pharaoh (Facsimile 3, Figure 2)
Insights on the coming forth and translation of the Book of Abraham
BOA Insight #37: What Egyptian Papyri Did Joseph Smith Possess?
BOA Insight #38: The “Kirtland Egyptian Papers” and the Book of Abraham
BOA Insight #39: How Did Joseph Smith Translate the Book of Abraham?
BOA Insight #40: The Relationship Between the Book of Abraham and the Joseph Smith Papyri