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LDS critics point out that, since the original Papyri have been examined by both LDS and non-LDS Egyptologists and both groups have indicated clearly that the scrolls are funerary texts that have nothing to do with Abraham or anything mentioned in the LDS scripture, the Book of Abraham cannot have been translated from the scrolls as Joseph Smith claims and is therefore a false book of scripture.
Also, since the translations of the facsimiles were taken from copies of the original papyri and each contains such blatant translation errors as listing drawings of women as men and canopic jars as idols, critics reject the claim made by apologists that the Book of Abraham was translated from scrolls that were lost.
The book contains a narrative about some of Abraham's life as well as visions he had concerning the pre-mortal life and the creation.
The book contains three facsimiles from the original papyri and Joseph Smith's translations of their images and characters.
It would also date the record of Abraham (about 2,000 B.
This would make the Book of Abraham the only existing original copy of a scriptural book.
Thus when the saints headed west to Utah under Young's leadership, they went without Emma, and without the papyrus.
Emma's son Joseph Smith III later became the first Prophet of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS).
As prophet and seer of the Church, Joseph was given permission to look at the papyri scrolls in the exhibit, upon which he pronounced a marvelous discovery: "… - a more full account of which will appear in its place, as I proceed to examine or unfold them.
Truly we can say, the Lord is beginning to reveal the abundance of peace and truth." ( Astounded by their good fortune in finding not only the writings of the biblical patriarch Abraham, but also those of Joseph of Egypt, several members of the Church pooled their money and bought the papyri and mummies for ,400.
The Book of Abraham was canonized in 1880 and is part of the Pearl of Great Price.