Studies in the Book of Abraham

About the Project

The Maxwell Institute's Book of Abraham project was initiated in 1998 at the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies. The project's main purpose is to investigate the Book of Abraham as an ancient text and to increase understanding of the sources and transmission of traditions about Abraham. John Gee is the editor of the project's resulting book series, Studies in the Book of Abraham. The series focuses on Joseph Smith's revealed scriptural text itself and, by extension, the Joseph Smith Papyri as well as the person of Abraham in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. Past project participants include William J. Hamblin, Brian Smith, and Brian Hauglid. To date, the series includes five books which are distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

Series Titles

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Traditions About the Early Life of Abraham, ed. John A. Tvedtnes, Brian M. Hauglid, and John Gee, Studies in the Book of Abraham 1 (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 2001).

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Michael D. Rhodes, The Hor Book of Breathings: A Translation and Commentary, Studies in the Book of Abraham 2, ed. John Gee (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 2002).

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Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant, ed. John Gee and Brian M. Hauglid, Studies in the Book of Abraham 3 (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 2005). Also available online here.

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Michael D. Rhodes, Books of the Dead Belonging to Tshemmin and Neferirnub: A Translation and Commentary, Studies in the Book of Abraham 4 (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2010).

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Brian M. Hauglid, A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions, Studies in the Book of Abraham 5 (Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2010).