“The Lost Book of Abraham is an award-winning documentary that investigates the remarkable claim that Mormon founder Joseph Smith translated a lost book of scripture from an Egyptian papyrus scroll he obtained in 1835. Hear the views of Mormon believers and World-class Egyptologists and decide for yourself.” Alternate English links: YouTube, Google Video, blip.tv, Brightcove, Veoh. Alternate Español link: Google Video. For more information on this video, see BookOfAbraham.info. Related articles here and here.
On a related note, a few days ago I was talking with an ex-Mormon Christian named Jennifer who is still in the process of leaving the Mormon Church. She lives next door to her local LDS missionaries and they often have come over to visit with her. Jennifer recounted that one of the missionaries said, “Joseph could have translated the Book of Abraham from a banana.” This of course was a humorous way to emphasize the apologetic defense that the Egyptian papyrus wasn’t necessarily the direct source of the text of the Book of Abraham, and that Smith could have come up with the Book of Abraham by an indirect means of revelation.
So next time you’re eating a banana, think about the Book of Abraham.
“In the land of the Chaldeans, at the residence of my fathers, I, Abraham, saw that it was needful for me to obtain another place of residence…”