“Valuable Discovery,” circa Early July 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

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Valuable Discovery of hiden reccords that have been obtained from the ancient buring place of the Egiyptians
Joseph Smith Jr.
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The above were taken from beneath the figures of two persons—One the appearance of a male and the other a femaul [female].
 
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The above was taken from beneath figures like the first, standing a little to the left, and a little below. [p. 1]
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Katumin, Princess, daughter of On-i-tas -[Pharaoh King]- of Egypt, who <​began to​> reigned in the year of the world 2962.
Katumin was born in the 30th year of the reign of her father, and died when she was 28 years old, which was the year 3020.
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Footnotes

  1. new scribe logo

    Frederick G. Williams handwriting begins.  

  2. new scribe logo

    Signature of JS.  

  3. 1

    TEXT: This sequence of characters continues on the second page of Notebook of Copied Egyptian Characters, ca. Early July 1835. These lines of hieratic characters do not appear on any extant JS papyri. According to one Egyptologist, they come from chapters 45 and 46 of the Book of the Dead for Amenhotep. (Ritner, Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri, 210–211; see also Rhodes, Books of the Dead, 5; and Gee, Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri, 10–13.)  

    Ritner, Robert K. The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition, P. JS 1–4 and the Hypocephalus of Sheshonq. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011.

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

    Gee, John. A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

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    Frederick G. Williams handwriting ends; Oliver Cowdery begins. The characters on this page were probably copied by Cowdery.  

  5. 2

    TEXT: These lines of hieratic characters do not appear on any extant papyri. According to one Egyptologist, they come from chapter 18, 19, or 20 of the Book of the Dead for Amenhotep. (Ritner, Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri, 209–210; see also Rhodes, Books of the Dead, 5; and Gee, Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri, 10–13.)  

    Ritner, Robert K. The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition, P. JS 1–4 and the Hypocephalus of Sheshonq. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011.

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

    Gee, John. A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

  6. 3

    TEXT: These lines of hieratic characters do not appear on any extant papyri. According to one Egyptologist, they come from one or more unidentified chapters of the Book of the Dead for Amenhotep. (Ritner, Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri, 212; see also Rhodes, Books of the Dead, 5; and Gee, Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri, 10–13.)  

    Ritner, Robert K. The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition, P. JS 1–4 and the Hypocephalus of Sheshonq. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011.

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

    Gee, John. A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

  7. 4

    TEXT: This character, here written to look like multiple characters, appears in three different places on the second page of Notebook of Copied Egyptian Characters, ca. Early July 1835. The character that most closely matches this one is below the rightmost drawing of a falcon-headed canopic jar. (Ritner, Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri, 211n13.)  

    Ritner, Robert K. The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition, P. JS 1–4 and the Hypocephalus of Sheshonq. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011.

  8. 5

    TEXT: These characters also appear on the second page of Notebook of Copied Egyptian Characters, ca. Early July 1835. In that notebook, they are reversed in order and are the second, third, and fourth characters on the first line (reading right to left). (Ritner, Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri, 211n17.)  

    Ritner, Robert K. The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition, P. JS 1–4 and the Hypocephalus of Sheshonq. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011.

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    TEXT: This character also appears on the second page of Notebook of Copied Egyptian Characters, ca. Early July 1835. In that notebook, it is reversed and is the fifth character on the first line (reading right to left). (Ritner, Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri, 211n19.)  

    Ritner, Robert K. The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition, P. JS 1–4 and the Hypocephalus of Sheshonq. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011.