I've not responded further to Will's theories because I recently learned that John Larson of Mormon Expression is interested in interviewing me about the manuscripts in the BoAbr collection. I expressed openness to the request and began sifting through online forums for issues that may interest cybercitizens. I knew that Will's celebrated FAIR 2010 presentation would figure prominently, but I didn't expect to stumble across such a gracious offer from Will himself...
Well, I'm happy to turn Will's "fleeting fantasy" into stark reality.
In short, Will, I accept your invitation to publicly discuss the BoAbr—and John Larson of Mormon Expression has agreed to stream it live over the Internet. He has also agreed to allow FAIR (or the organization of your choice) to subsequently distribute the Mormon Expression podcast.
I'd like our discussion to focus on three questions:
- Were Abraham 1–3 and Facsimile 2 dictated by Joseph Smith in early July 1835?
- Are the three Egyptian Alphabet manuscripts and the bound Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language dependent on Abraham 1–3 and Facsimile 2?
- Was William W. Phelps—in lieu of Joseph Smith—the authorial mind behind of the Egyptian alphabet and grammar project?
If I understand your thesis, you would answer each of these questions in the affirmative. I, rather obviously, disagree. Still, I'm confident that we can have a civil exchange of ideas.
Let me know when you're available for a recording session and I'll get you in touch with John.
All the best,
(© 2010 Brent Lee Metcalfe.)
The thesis of inspiration may not be invoked to guarantee historicity, for a divinely inspired story is not necessarily history.
—Raymond E. Brown
Edited by Brent Metcalfe, 11 August 2010 - 09:50 PM.