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Egyptology and the Book of Mormon, II

TitleEgyptology and the Book of Mormon, II
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1923
AuthorsWebb, Robert C.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number5
Date PublishedMarch 1923
KeywordsCharacters; Egyptology; Gold Plates; Language; Language - Egyptian; Language - Hebrew; Language - Reformed Egyptian; Language - Semitic; Linguistic Analysis; Linguistics; Metallurgy; Tumbaga; Writing System

This series proposes that the characters on the gold plates were derived from Hieratic or Demotic Egyptian (Mormon 9:32-33). Analysis of other major written languages available ca. 600 B. C.—i.e. Phoenician-Hebrew, Egyptian hieroglyphs, cuneiform—reveals that they do not meet the writing requirements outlined in the Book of Mormon itself. The nature of the gold plates as an alloy is also discussed. The second part covers cuneiform and the alloy of the plates.