Historian manager to lecture on Joseph Smith’s revelations, translations on Thursday

The church that Joseph Smith established in 1830 is today a global faith of more than 14 million members, and Joseph Smith himself is regarded by Latter-day Saints as the pre-eminent prophet of modern times. (Photo:

(KUTV)— Robin Scott Jensen is delivering a lecture on Thursday entitled “A Window into Joseph Smith's Translation: An Exploration of the Book of Abraham Manuscripts” to mark the publication of the latest volume in the Joseph Smith Papers Project: Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts.

The lecture takes place in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Jensen’s lecture discusses how, in 1835, Joseph Smith and others purchased ancient Egyptian papyri and mummies, setting off an intense period of study to understand the ancient relics, a press release stated.

During this period, Smith also dictated the Book of Abraham, revealing eternal truths to the Church. For more than a century, scholars have sought to understand the complex array of manuscripts left behind from these efforts.

Jensen will outline how understanding the history of the Book of Abraham texts can afford today’s members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints insight into Smith and his translation process, a release said.

Jensen is associate historian manager and project archivist for The Joseph Smith Papers. Revelations and Translations, Volume 4 is published by The Church Historian’s Press, an imprint of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.