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About Mark J. Johnson

Mark J. Johnson is pursuing a BS in Marketing Management with Western Governor’s University. His interests include scripture study, family history, woodworking, and 1950s-era rock and roll. He has papers published in the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies and the Review of Books on the Book of Mormon. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and two children.

Scriptures with Pictures: Methodology, Unexamined Assumptions, and the Study of the Book of Abraham

Abstract: Research on the origins and nature of the Book of Abraham and the accompanying facsimiles has long been hampered by faulty methodology. And while the last few years have seen a significant reexamination of the assumptions that represent the underpinning of our understandings of the Book of Abraham, some unexamined assumptions persist. This study addresses seven aspects of the Book of Abraham, which include a discussion of the sources, the process, the results, the content, the witnesses, and the historical background. For each of these aspects, this study identifies lingering assumptions and shows how a proper methodology can validate or eliminate these assumptions from the scholarly discourse. Continue reading