Sunday, January 19, 2014

As Practiced by the Ancients: Why Ancient Egyptians were Definitely Involved in the Practice of the Alphabet and Grammar, not Just Joseph Smith

In 1843, it was written that Joseph Smith was “engaged in translating an alphabet to the Book of Abraham, and arranging a grammar of the Egyptian language as practiced by the ancients.”  Over and over again, we see this same type of claim manifest throughout the Egyptian materials of Joseph Smith.  He was doing things this way, because they were done anciently this way.  This is not, as William Schryver maintains, a modern effort without ancient precedent.  Enish-go-on-dosh, both in the Egyptian Alphabet materials, as well as in the Explanation for Facsimile #2 is "said by the Egyptians" to be the Sun.  Also, ". . .in relation to this subject, the Egyptians meant it to signify. . ." (Explanation for Facsimile #1, Figure 12).  Over and over again, the same type of claim is made.  Joseph Smith was reproducing practices from ancient times.  He did not invent the usage of the Sensen Papyrus in this way.  He was not the first to arrange a Grammar and Alphabet to a Sensen Papyrus, or in other words, an explanation for characters.  This explanation was a derivative or hybrid production between a custom way of using Sensen characters, and Abrahamic material.  There was probably some ancient document containing explanations for characters along these lines.  This is the reason the Ancient Interpreter Hypothesis must figure in to the picture along with the Modern Reconstruction Hypothesis.