In 1835, Joseph Smith purchased an ancient Egyptian papyri from a traveling mummy exhibition. He then translated that in the Book of Abraham, written in his own hand on papyrus. Typical of Mormon artifacts, the papyrus was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. However, in 1880, the LDS church canonized the work forming a doctrinal foundation as part of the Pearls of Great Price.
Today, the LDS church has released a 3000 word essay denouncing the translation, saying that The Book of Abraham is inspired scripture and probably not a literal translation from ancient Egyptian scrolls by Mormon founder Joseph Smith.
Are the Mormons throwing Joe under the bus? Is there a growing movement in the LDS community to distance themselves from the carnival barker?
What's next? The Golden Tablets were really iPads from Mount Olympus?