Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Pearl of Great Price studies, Book of Abraham, Egyptian facsimiles, Joseph Smith Hypocephalus, brown bag lectures, Michael D. Rhodes


Facsimile 2 of the Pearl of Great Price is perhaps the most enigmatic aspect of the revelations and translations of Joseph Smith. In a paper recently delivered at the F.A.R.M.S. brown bag seminar (available on the order form), Michael D. Rhodes discussed numerous advances over the last two decades in our understanding of Egyptian materials that shed light on Facsimile 2, the Joseph Smith Hypocephalus. The paper contains a transcription, a transliteration, and a translation of the text, plus background on the nature and significance of hypocephali in ancient Egypt and a commentary on specific details of the Joseph Smith Hypocephalus.