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Since it contains teachings about the pre-mortal life, some of the mysteries of God, and the eternal nature of spirits, it is a vital part of LDS canon.Most active Latter-day Saints are unaware of any controversy surrounding the book.
C.) to some 500 years prior to the Book of Genesis authored by Moses, between 1440-1400 B. "THE BOOK OF ABRAHAM TRANSLATED FROM THE PAPYRUS, BY JOSEPH SMITH A Translation of some ancient Records, that have fallen into our hands from the catacombs of Egypt.LDS apologists' stance Non-LDS Egyptologist examines LDS Egyptologists' credentials?Rationalizations to explain Faithful LDS don't care?The Book of Abraham was canonized in 1880 and is part of the Pearl of Great Price.The papyri were believed to have been destroyed until they were rediscovered in 1966.
In 1851 it was printed in pamphlet form in England as part of a small collection of Joseph's writings entitled 'The Pearl of Great Price'. However, since the Egyptian papyri that Joseph used to produce the Book of Abraham scripture still remained on the earth then it would be possible for others to examine these documents.