One of the books of official scripture in Mormonism
. The Book of Abraham was created when Joseph Smith
, the religion's founder, purchased some Egyptian
funereal scrolls from a travelling showman, "translated" them, and provided interpretations for some accompanying diagrams. He claimed the scrolls were written "by the hand of Abraham
" and contained some of what are now Mormonism
's deeper doctrines (i.e. Kolob
The scrolls were lost for a time, but they have since been rediscovered and translated by Egyptologists, who state unanimously that they are common funereal scrolls which date from a time period when Abraham would not have been able to write them. This revelation has pushed some Mormon apologists to propose the theory that the scrolls were merely a catalyst for a "translation" that was actually more of an inspired writing, rather than a true source text.