Could Joseph have Written it? The Book of The kolob theorem pdf is a book of LDS scripture that Joseph Smith translated from a collection of ancient Egyptian papyri the church purchased. 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. The Book of Abraham was canonized in 1880 and is part of the Pearl of Great Price. The papyri were believed to have been destroyed until they were rediscovered in 1966. This 23 minute video is one of the best, most concise and neutral overviews of the Joseph Smith papyri.
He gives an excellent summary of the history of the Book of Abraham, the problems and the apologetic explanations. As is made clear by the introduction to the Book of Abraham, the church maintains that, regardless of what the surviving facsimiles and scrolls indicate, the Book of Abraham is a sacred book of scripture and was written by the hand of Abraham. It is taught alongside the Old Testament in Sunday School, included in the curriculum for institute and taught in church universities for the Pearl of Great Price religion courses. Since it contains teachings about the pre-mortal life, some of the mysteries of God, and the eternal nature of spirits, it is a vital part of LDS canon.