In 2018, the Joseph Smith Papers Project will release the fourth volume of the Revelations and Translations series, which includes the Book of Abraham and related documents. To celebrate the publication of this volume, this month the project will be holding a conference, the second of its kind, at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.
Presentations at the conference will discuss the corpus of Joseph Smith’s surviving documents related to translation. Some of the broad themes of this year’s presentations include methods of translation, reception of translation, insights into Smith’s Egyptian-language project, and insights into the Book of Abraham. Presentations will be given by scholars from a variety of backgrounds, including researchers from both local and out-of-state universities, independent researchers, employees of the Church and the Church History Department, and researchers from Book of Mormon Central. The full conference schedule is available on the project website.
Registration for the conference filled up quickly and, unfortunately, is now closed. However, there will be room for a very limited number of standby attendees. Additionally, images of the Book of Abraham manuscripts and related documents are available online at josephsmithpapers.org, and the print volume—which will include full-color images, transcriptions, and annotation—will be released next month.