Question: Could Joseph Smith translate Egyptian?

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Question: Could Joseph Smith translate Egyptian?

At that time, nobody could translate Egyptian - the only way Joseph could translate would be through revelation

Joseph couldn't translate Egyptian. At that time, nobody could translate Egyptian. Joseph was able to receive the text of the Book of Abraham in the same manner that he did for the Book of Mormon, by revelation.

Some critics claim that Joseph did know Egyptian because of an 1844 publication entitled "Appeal to the Freemen of the State of Vermont, the 'Brave Green Mountain Boys,' and Honest Men". However, this publication was written by W.W. Phelps and not Joseph Smith as has been well-documented by Samuel Brown.[1]


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  1. Brown, Samuel "The Translator and the Ghost Writer: Joseph Smith and W.W. Phelps" Full article found here.