Criticism of Mormonism/Books/By His Own Hand upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri/Chapter 2

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Response to claims made in "Chapter 2: The Book of Abraham: A Timely Document"

A FairMormon Analysis of: By His Own Hand upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri, a work by author: Charles M. Larson

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The author(s) of By His Own Hand upon Papyrus make(s) the following claim:

The author talks of the "small assortment of brittle, faded papyri that Joseph had acquired..."

FairMormon Response

17

The author(s) of By His Own Hand upon Papyrus make(s) the following claim:

The author claims that the acquisition of the papyri strengthened Joseph's reputation as a prophet and translator "at a time when such support was greatly needed."

FairMormon Response

17-18

The author(s) of By His Own Hand upon Papyrus make(s) the following claim:

The author claims that Moses is claimed to have "relied upon the very same account which Joseph Smith" possessed in writing the first books of the Bible and that it was claimed to be "the very work from which Genesis had been derived."

FairMormon Response

18

The author(s) of By His Own Hand upon Papyrus make(s) the following claim:

The author claims that Joseph wrote the Egyptian character on the left, and then the translation of it on the right.

FairMormon Response

20

The author(s) of By His Own Hand upon Papyrus make(s) the following claim:

The author claims that the Book of Abraham's story of the Lord telling Abraham to lie about his wife gave Joseph justification to publicly deny the practice of polygamy during the Nauvoo period.

FairMormon Response

22

The author(s) of By His Own Hand upon Papyrus make(s) the following claim:

The author states that the Book of Abraham "introduced the first and only scriptural basis for denying the priesthood to Blacks."

FairMormon Response