Over the past few years some fascinating research by William Schryver has raised
the possibility that the Egyptian grammar had more to do with creating an ideal
Adamic 'code' language than actually translating Egyptian artifacts.
The LDS Church leaders wanted to safely communicate about sacred things but were
facing opposition and persecution. This was about the time when substitute
names (Gazelam, Enoch, etc) were inserted into the Doctrine and Covenants to
protect the brethren from anti-Mormon legal attacks. Remember also that a
Deseret Alphabet was created by Brigham Young and the early Utah pioneers, so
the idea of creating an 'ideal language' has interesting early church
foundations. When viewed as a multi-layered coding book, the Kirtland Egyptian
Papers becomes a fascinating exercise in cryptology rather than a confusing
muddle of ancient symbols and scriptural references.
Any news on availability of the new scripture edition on CD ROM? I currently
use the LDS release, copyright 2001-2005 of "The Scriptures CD-ROM Standard
Edition" on my laptop - I copied it from a CD to my laptop. It brings up
a window with many nice options for the standard works, including footnotes,
search by keyword or reference, and I can select and copy verses to any file on
my laptop. I hope they update that to the new revision !!!! I do not use an
ipod or ipad so therefore the current downloadable version does not work for me.
Checked out the Egyptian grammar content in the Joseph Papers, but there is no
outside confirmation that these are accurate according to current academia. Is
there some way you can give us outside scholarly sources?Thank you
for excellent work, Emily. All God's best in your future pursuits.
Emily, thanks so much for the great work you have done in covering the
bloggernacle. You will be missed! You'll need to start an independent blog
and keep up the coverage!
Good luck! This has been a fun column.