I want to say to you, read the book, the Pearl of Great Price, and read the Book of Abraham. The Pearl of Great Price I hold to be one of the most intelligent, one of the most religious books that the world has ever had; but more than that, to me the Pearl of Great Price is true in its name. It contains an ideal of life that is higher and grander and more glorious than I think is found in the pages of any other book unless it be the Holy Bible. It behooves us to read these things, understand them: and I thank God when they are attacked, because it brings to me, after a study and thought, back to the fact that what God has given He has given, and He has nothing to retract." - Levi Edgar Young, Conference Report (April 1913), 74

"...it must be evident to all who seriously consider the matter, that if the Book of Abraham as given to us by Joseph Smith be true, it must have been translated by a greater than human power." - George Reynolds, The Book of Abraham: Its Authenticity Established as a Divine and Ancient Record (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1879), 4

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book of Abraham "A Most Remarkable Book"

The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research ("FAIR") has recently produced a 70 minute DVD regarding the Book of Abraham (written and directed by Tyler Livingston, and edited by JD Julander).  The DVD also contains 30 minutes of bonus features. 

Per FAIR: "The Book of Abraham is considered a volume of holy scripture by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It has been a source of inspiration and edification for its readers for many generations. However, critics of the LDS Church have relentlessly attacked the authenticity of the Book of Abraham and the credibility of Joseph Smith as an inspired prophet and translator. This video produced by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) addresses some of these criticisms and puts forth evidence for the divine authenticity of this most remarkable book."

Purchase the DVD for $12.99 (tax included) here.

Edit: Now available online (full length + bonus features):

Young Woman's Journal - Book of Abraham History

In a serial article published in the Young Woman's Journal by the Guide Department, entitled "The Story of the Restoration," the history of the Book of Abraham, as it was then understood, was recorded as the twelfth installment of this history, under the title "Sacred Writings of Old."  This article was published in the 21st volume of the Young Woman's Journal, Issue number 12, in December 1910.


Astronomy of Abraham - Andrew Jensen

On January 16, 1891, Andrew Jensen delivered a lecture to the 'Student's Society' in the Social Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. His discourse focused on different aspects of Joseph Smith's prophetic calling.  This lecture was published the same year in The Deseret Weekly and also in the Millennial Star in several installments. A portion of his lecture relating to modern astronomy and elements of astronomy discussed in the Book of Abraham was published in The Deseret Weekly 42/12 (March 14, 1891): 355-356, and Millennial Star 53/16 (April 20, 1891): 241-242. Both extracts are provided below.