Scripture Studies

A Response to “Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham” by Dr. Robert Ritner

A photograph of page n of the "Book of Abraham" manuscript. This portion is found in the Pear of Great Price, Abraham 1:26-31
A response by Dr. Robert Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute, to an essay posted on the LDS Church website titled "Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham."

Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon

Significant BoM
As the Book of Mormon went to press in 1830, the typesetter made grammatical corrections as he proofread the printed sheets. Rather than starting over, he simply placed the corrected sheets on top of the stack waiting to be collated. Because this process was repeated throughout the printing phase, it is likely that every surviving copy of the book’s first edition is unique. Here, presented for the first time,...

An Imperfect Book

What the Book of Mormon Tells Us About Itself
In his own personal quest for answers, “An Imperfect Book” becomes an accessible but thorough overview of major controversies surrounding the Book of Mormon involving authorship, use of idiom, anachronisms, contrived names, borrowed passages, and prophecies made and fulfilled within the book’s own narrative frame. Wunderli includes a discussion of dozens of curiosities such as the relative absence of polygamists in a culture where one would expect it and...

Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri
This project marks the publication of the first, full translation of the so-called Joseph Smith Egyptian papyri translated into English. The papyri were acquired by members of the LDS Church in the 1830s in Kirtland, Ohio, and rediscovered in the mid-1960s in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They served as the basis for Joseph Smith's “Book of Abraham,” published in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842 and later...

Amazing Colossal Apostle

Robert M. Price
As children, we were told the stories of Paul as didactic tales meant to keep us reverent and obedient. As adults reading the New Testament, we catch glimpses of a very different kind of disciple—an ascetic hermit whom Tertullian dubbed “the second apostle of Marcion and the apostle of the heretics.” What does scholarship tell us about the enigmatic thirteenth apostle who looms larger than life in the New...

Pre-Nicene New Testament

The Pre-Nicene New Testament
In this monumental work, Professor Price offers an inclusive New Testament canon with twenty-seven additional sacred books from the first three centuries of Christianity, including a few of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi writings. Price also reconstructs the Gospel of Marcion and the lost Gospel according to the Hebrews. Here, for the first time, is a canon representing all major factions of the early church.

Losing a Lost Tribe

Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church
For the past 175 years, the Latter-day Saint Church has taught that Native Americans and Polynesians are descended from ancient seafaring Israelites. Recent DNA research confirms what anthropologists have been saying for nearly as many years, that Native Americans are originally from Siberia and Polynesians from Southeast Asia. In the current volume, molecular biologist Simon Southerton explains the theology and the science and how the former is being reshaped...

American Apocrypha

Essays on the Book of Mormon
A fine line divides scripture from non-scripture, writes Robert M. Price in American Apocrypha. There are books that are not in the Bible that are as powerful and authoritative as anything in the canon. At the same time, much of the Bible was written centures after the events it narrates by scribes using fictitious names. Clearly, the hallmark of scripture is not historical accuracy but rather its spiritual impact...

Studies of the Book of Mormon

Studies of the Book of Mormon
Available for the first time fifty years after the author's death, Studies of the Book of Mormon presents this respected church leader's investigation into Mormonism's founding scripture. Reflecting his talent for combining history and theology, B. H. Roberts considered the evident parallels between the Book of Mormon and Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews, a book that predated the Mormon scripture by seven years. If the Book of Mormon...

The Reader’s Book of Mormon

The Reader's Book of Mormon
There are many ways to approach scripture. At times we search the sacred narratives for doctrinal understanding or theological insights. Other times we might be interested in historical, cultural, and linguistic issues. Another, more common, approach is to see ourselves in the narrative stories and interpret them based on our own personal journeys and intellectual and spiritual background—to draw lessons for our own lives.