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He is working on a book about the gold plates, which Latter-day Saints believe tell the religious history of peoples in the ancient Americas and which Smith said he translated into English. That translation now is known as the Book of Mormon.

Got me curious....not enough to listen to podcast though.  Too annoyed by the things.  Can't easily "reread" stuff I am not sure about for one thing.

Anything unusual you could summarize for us?

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Excellent interview.  Bushman even discusses his encounter at Brown University with non-Mormon Egyptologist Richard Parker.  Parker considered the so-called "Anthon Transcript" to be in real Egyptian script, but in a language other than Egyptian.  Perhaps Meroitic.  Though Bushman doesn't mention it, the late W. C. Hayes, also a non-Mormon Egyptologist had a similar opinion -- he thought it Hieratic Egyptian, and provided a sample translation of part of the first line.

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23 minutes ago, Calm said:

Got me curious....not enough to listen to podcast though.  Too annoyed by the things.  Can't easily "reread" stuff I am not sure about for one thing.

Anything unusual you could summarize for us?

It isn't a long interview.

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46 minutes ago, Calm said:

Got me curious....not enough to listen to podcast though.  Too annoyed by the things.  Can't easily "reread" stuff I am not sure about for one thing.

Anything unusual you could summarize for us?

To me the most interesting bits were Bushman characterizing Gold Plates as being neither entirely of this world nor of the heavenly world, but occupying a place between (which is one reason why they capture our imagination); and his story of when he showed the Anthon transcript to a professor Egyptology, and this professor's response.

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