Do you realize how universal that sentence is?
The sad thing is, I agree with that assessment. That is why I am having a hard time justifying purchasing it. It has some good stuff in it, but is loaded with a lot of crap. And, while it is true that I have collected anti-Mormon literature from time to time, there are so many other books that I can justify purchasing before that one. If Ritner had stuck with the Egyptian stuff and kept it a professional Egyptological production, it would be a whole lot easier to make the decision, plunk down the cash, and just purchase the book.
There are other considerations in addition with respect to this book, and that is that there are a couple portions of translation that are speculative and do not fit the facts of the case, such as the translation of column 4. Granted, he does use a question mark but still there are problems. This does not fit with the fact that there is no room for a second bird in the reconstruction most commonly offered to readers of standard fare on the Book of Abraham and that his speculative translation could not fit in the full column if it were still extant.
He also offers a translation of "justification" there where I am unaware of a word that means such that could actually fit there in the manner suggested. Ritner's offering would require at least two columns, and that is likely what was there. However, the suggested translation of the extant last word has little 'justification' (pun intended) in my view. The text that is extant contains a broken ending to a word and a two-character word that better fits the context of sacrifice than of the Egyptian concept of justification.
But, what would sacrifice have to do with a mere funerary vignette and the critics' assessment thereof? That is the question of the day, isn't it? But, does Ritner allow for such a meaning? Not that I recollect.
Of course, I do not at present own my own copy so the memory might be off a smidgen. Those who have their own copy would know whether I remember the details correctly.
Edited by MormonMason, 17 September 2012 - 09:56 AM.