1339-1341: Dr. Robert Ritner – An Expert Egyptologist Translates the Book of Abraham
July 31, 2020
Sadly, Dr. Ritner passed away on July 25, 2021. He was one of the few non-Mormon Egyptology experts willing to address tough issues with the Book of Abraham and its apologists. He will always be missed.
Part 1: Dr. Ritner’s story, the historical context for the Book of Abraham, and Facsimile 1
Part 2: Facsimiles 2 & 3
Part 3: The Abraham Egyptian Papers, return of the “lost” papyrus, and an in-depth discussion of LDS Book of Abraham Apologetics
For more than a century, the Book of Abraham has been revered by Mormons, and denounced by credible Egyptologists as a product of Joseph Smith’s imagination. Its first scholarly analysis was published in the New York Times in 1912. The article was never adequately addressed by LDS Church leadership, and the issue faded until 1966, when the Book of Abraham papyri fragments were found in the archives of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While many Mormons have heard the opinions of pseudo-Egyptologists and Book of Abraham apologists, few have heard the opinions of a world-class Egyptologist about the historicity and credibility of the Book of Abraham – until now.
In a joint production of Mormon Stories Podcast and Radio Free Mormon, we interview Dr. Robert Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. A HUGE thank you to Bruce MacArthur for making this interview possible.