This claim is simply incorrect.

  • Joseph Smith's interpretations of the facsimiles will probably always contrast those of academic egyptologists, who translate according to the lexicons previous scholars have produced.
  • Some of  Joseph Smith's interpretive observations reflect remarkable understanding regarding ancient Egyptian religion and iconography.
  • The author of The CES Letter is misleading his readers by claiming that Joseph Smith got "nothing" right.

Additional Resources:

On Elkenah as Canaanite El

Sobek: The Idolatrous God of Pharaoh Amenemhet III

The Joseph Smith Hypocephalus . . . Twenty Years Later

Historical Plausibility: The Historicity of the Book of Abraham as a Case Study

Book of Abraham/Joseph Smith Papyri/Facsimiles/Facsimile 2/Figures that were correctly identified

News from Antiquity

Abracadabra, Isaac and Jacob

The Book of Breathings in Its Place

Is Facsimile 1 a Common Funerary Document?