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Posted August 30, 2006
Right up front you'll see color reprints of the 11 Joseph Smith papyrus fragments. Never saw them previously or ever heard them mentioned in church (funny that ... wonder why). Nowhere in the book are you asked to pray to know if it's true, or depend on faith (doesn't every single religion in the world ask you to do that? -- they can't all be right based on that argument). Not necessary as it's laid out in amazingly thoughtful detail. What was unfalsifiable between 1835 -- 1967 that used to have to be taken on faith just like the gold plates returns to a verifiable, falsifiable world. A must have for anyone who wonders what REAL egyptologists have to say about REAL papyrus that were drafted into a few dozen pages by a REAL human without any REAL knowledge of egyptian (and it REALLY SHOWS, especially after reading this book). DON'T READ it if you absolutely must have a 'strong testimony of the truthfulness of the mormon church', because quite frankly this is the last nail in the coffin.
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Posted September 14, 2012
Charles Larson does a great job exploring the history of the Book of Abraham, surrounding issues and church apologetic responses. There are a few things about the early church history which appear to be speculative, as there are no references included in the book regarding those minor details, nor would it seem reliable references can be found; as for the more important details, they are well referenced such that all of the points can be-verified by the reader should they wish for further confirmation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.