In the summer of 1835, Joseph Smith and his associates purchased four mummies and some papyri scrolls from Michael Chandler.1 That summer Joseph would participate in a project that would produce a fascinating set of texts, referred to today as the Egyptian Language Documents (ELD), used and compiled mostly in Kirtland, but also consulted and expanded in Nauvoo.2 These documents, which include three incomplete variants of what was called an “alphabet” as well as an incomplete “grammar,” integrated a series of characters with explanations. The grammar included combinations of the characters with passages of text that would have parallels to chapter 1 and part of chapter 2 of the Book of Abraham. Yet, even as the grammar indicates a relationship between the ELD and the later Book of Abraham, the exact nature of that relationship is unclear.3 Some have argued that “at least part...
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Research Article| October 01 2023
The Pure Language Project
Journal of Mormon History (2023) 49 (4): 1–44.
Michael MacKay, Daniel Belnap; The Pure Language Project. Journal of Mormon History 1 October 2023; 49 (4): 1–44. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/24736031.49.4.01
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