Today in the Bloggernacle: Exciting scripture updates and Egyptian papers online

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  • bjs Kaysville, UT
    March 13, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    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.

  • Paul in the midwest Rochester, MN
    March 6, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    March 5, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Richman ,
    March 5, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    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!

  • hopefully Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Good luck! This has been a fun column.