The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Egyptian Endowment
When Hugh Nibley first wrote The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri, he wrote it for an audience that understood things both Egyptian and Latter-day Saint. It was an audience that at the time did not exist. For the bemused audience that did find the book, many failed to comprehend it. Many of Nibley's readers have supposed that, like Nibley's other works, it was designed to be read straight through and have expressed frustration at the difficulty of doing so. Only the first few chapters are designed to be read in this manner. The rest of the book is a commentary on a particular text, Papyrus Louvre N. 3284, which Nibley introduced in his early chapters. If the reader desires to know a bit more about a particular passage in the text, he or she should go to the appropriate place in the commentary.
© 2005 by The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and Hugh Nibley and Associates, LC
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Nibley, Hugh, "The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Egyptian Endowment" (2005). Maxwell Institute Publications. 85.