The first CD traces the records of Abraham over several thousand years. Muhlestein sets the eventual possession of Egyptian papyri by Joseph Smith in an overall context of world history in a convincing manner, suggesting the Lord had a hand in the provenance of the records.
The second CD addresses how Joseph Smith came to possess the records and what he did with them. Rather than avoid difficult questions about the Book of Abraham, Muhlestein addresses them head-on. He does not hesitate to acknowledge there are questions we do not have answers to while simultaneously informing listeners about much of the latest research on the subject of which we do have answers.
"Understanding the Book of Abraham" is an informative experience delivered from an expert wise enough to admit what we do not know, and skilled enough to present what we do know in a manner mostly satisfactory to layman and scholar alike.
Muhlestein is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is an associate professor and associate department chairman in BYU’s Department of Ancient Scripture. He holds a doctorate in Egyptology from UCLA as well as two degrees from BYU. A prolific author and presenter, Muhlestein adroitly condenses much of the latest research on the Book of Abraham into three CDs presented in a tone both conversational and informative.
Kurt Manwaring has a deep and abiding love for the scriptures. He currently works as a Capital Campaign Manager for a nonprofit organization in Utah and maintains a personal blog at www.kurtsperspective.blogspot.com.