- Sealings and Mercies: Moroni's Final Exhortations in Moroni 10by: James E. Faulconer, 4–19
- The Religious and Cultural Background of Joseph Smith Papyrus Iby: Kerry Muhlestein, 20–33
- Abraham and Idrimiby: John Gee, 34–39
- The Zoramites and Costly Apparel: Symbolism and Irony
- How Much Weight Can a Single Source Bear? The Case of Samuel D. Tyler's Journal Entryby: Matthew Roper, 54–57
- Kirtland Camp, 1838: Bringing the Poor to Missouriby: Alexander L. Baugh, 58–61
- Worthy of Another Look: Reusages of the Words of Christby: John W. Welch, 62–72
According to Edward Greenstein and David Marcus, "The story of Idrimi is unlike Mesopotamian literature both in content and style."31 The story, as Oppenheim describes it, is "without parallel in texts of this type from Mesopotamia and Egypt."32 This led him to conclude that "all this seems to me to bespeak the existence of a specific literary tradition, totally different in temper and scope from that of the ancient Near East."33 Thus Oppenheim considered the autobiography of Idrimi to be unusual even for the ancient Near East. But the Book of Abraham belongs to the same specific literary tradition as Idrimi's autobiography. More inscriptions like Idrimi's from Syria dating to the Middle Bronze Age would enable a better comparison, but it is at least worth asking, How did Joseph Smith manage to publish in the Book of Abraham a story that closely matched a Middle-Bronze-Age Syrian autobiography that would not be discovered for nearly a hundred years?While some folks continue to make the tragic mistake of loosing faith over attacks based on the Book of Abraham, the evidence continues to mount for the authenticity of the Book of Abraham as an ancient text beyond anything Joseph could have fabricated. The evidence from the text of Idrimi is a minor part of that, but a fascinating one. One of the best treatments of other evidences for the Book of Abraham is the DVD, "A Most Remarkable Book: Evidence for the Divine Authenticity of the Book of Abraham." Also see Evidence for the Book of Abraham from Ancient Texts. Yes, there are still many questions and some things on the facsimiles that just seem wrong, like identifying a servant on Facs. 3 as Shulem when that is clearly not what the characters on that figure say. But there are so many strange and surprising elements that make sense or even appear to be "bulls eyes" that we cannot blindly disregard.