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  • Directors: John Grooters
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: August 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0962096334
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A balanced, professionally produced approach to a sensitive issue in Mormon history." -- Stan Larson, Ph.D., Marriott Library, University of Utah

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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Rick Layton on September 11, 2005
Format: DVD
I've been a member of the Mormon church for over 40 years and a researcher church history for more than a decade. I can certainly understand the defensive reactions of members of the LDS church toward "The Lost Book of Abraham: Investigating a Remarkable Mormon Claim" DVD since it denounces long held beliefs about this book of LDS scripture contained in the Pearl of Great Price.

The information presented in this DVD is quite accurate, however. Some of the statements and claims are a little biased, but as a whole, the presentation is good. After years of studying the issues related to the Book of Abraham, I have firmly concluded that the text of this book did not come literally from the papyrus from which it was supposedly translated. To me, that is absolute.

There are at least three theories how Joseph Smith may have obtained the "Abraham" information. 1) Hidden within the text are "secret" meanings that Smith, himself, was able to discern by the power of God. 2) The papyrus was a "springboard" for God to reveal to him about Abraham even though the papyrus itself was completely non-related. 3) Joseph Smith made it up.

I am not going to declare which of those three possibilities I currently believe. However, as a member of the LDS church, I will declare that I know beyond any doubt that the "old" belief that the Book of Abraham was a literal translation from the papyrus is not accurate. The church knows this and most LDS scholars accept and promote one of the other alternate theories. There are many LDS sites that will go into great detail about these alternate theories.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Ricks on October 14, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
As a former Mormon, I'm always hopeful to find non-enflamatory, yet totally factual information about Mormonism. This video is SUPERB! Produced in a "History Channel" style, it presents the facts about the LDS Book of Abraham in an interesting, non-offensive, and thorough style. I found it most interesting that, although several were invited, LDS authorities refused to be interviewed for the video. But, even without their input, the producers did their best to present a fair picture of the truth behind the Book of Abraham, including some on-camera interviews with members of the LDS Church.
I can't recommend this video enough! Even those unfamiliar with the LDS Church would find this video informative and interesting. I will be using it quite a bit as a "teaching tool" for both non-LDS and LDS friends and family. Because of the tone of the video, I'm not at all concerned about any angry reactions from LDS friends and family. I believe it will be well accepted, even by them. It also will make a great companion tool to "By His Own Hand on Papyrus", a book on the same subject.
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44 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Lee Ernstrom on September 12, 2002
Format: DVD
I have recently viewed the Lost Book of Abraham video and found it to be very well done. The research is indisputable and factual with documentation that supports every statement. As a former member of the LDS church for 21 years I found the video to be fair and definately non offensive. I didn't give it five stars simply because the video quality wasn't quite as good as productions costing millions of dollars more, but the content was certainly worth five stars. I would recommend the video to anyone who has a serious interest in LDS Church history.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Norton on August 26, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I am a return missionary and have been LDS (Mormon) for over 30 years. I believe most Mormons are misinformed about the origin and history behind the Book of Abraham papyri. I would HIGHLY reccommend this video for anyone who is interested in some remarkable information about this particular aspect of Mormonism. The makers of this video interview several LDS experts and lay members in an effort to be unbiased. This is as educational as it gets. Buy a copy and show it to the Gospel Doctrine class. Buy two copies and give one to each of your home teachers as Christmas gifts.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Sullivan on September 25, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Book of Abraham is the stake-in-the-heart of the LDS organization's claims regarding Joseph Smith as a prophet. Well put together, with a host of objective scholars, it lays out the case against the Mormon claim that this work is of Abraham. Instead it is a common funery document with literally thousands of exemplars. The Mormons made a big mistake in making this document available to the general public.
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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Josephus on June 19, 2005
Format: DVD
I teach Egyptology and no self-respecting Egyptologist would agree with the Mormon claim about the Book of Abraham. Facts are Facts - Joseph Smith didn't have a clue about translating `Reformed Hieroglyphics' (especially since there is no such language). The true source for book of Abraham is not an ancient lost scroll but the fertile imagination of Joseph Smith.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin - Ohio on August 26, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Very educational and very well put together. Brings light to a dark subject, answering many questions with documented fact, hard evidence and statements from well-known professors of Egyptology. Easy to follow and understand. As an LDS member for 41 years, I would recommend this to other members.
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31 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mike Norton on August 26, 2002
Format: DVD
I am a return missionary and have been LDS (Mormon) for over 30 years. I believe most Mormons are misinformed about the origin and history behind the Book of Abraham papyri. I would HIGHLY reccommend this DVD for anyone who is interested in some remarkable information about this particular aspect of Mormonism. The great thing about the DVD is that it can be viewed in English or Spanish. Buy two copies and give one to each of your home teachers as Christmas gifts.
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