Saturday, September 05, 2009

Church News: Book of Abraham not that important?

The Church News reported on the August 2009 FAIR conference presentation "The Book of Abraham: The Larger Issue" by John Gee, about defending the Book of Abraham. Critics have taken issue with the translation of the Book of Abraham from Egyptian papyri. 

Regarding the translation issue, Gee said it can be defended, but "it is simply not important to the Latter-day Saints."  and  "How the Book of Abraham was translated is unimportant. The Church does not stand or fall on the Book of Abraham." 

He also said the Book of Abraham is "not the be-all-and-end-all of ... the scriptures ... it is not central to the restored gospel of Christ."

These selections do not represent the full context of Gee's presentation. You can read the full report here.

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