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“Nibley’s Era articles on the Book of Abraham aren’t worth a tinker – first, because he is not impartial, being the commissioned and paid defender of the faith. Second, because he could not, he dared not, he did not, face the true issue: ‘Could Joseph Smith translate Egyptian?’ I clipped every one of his articles, and have them in a single file – and I have reviewed them – looking in vain for that issue.”

Thomas Ferguson to James Boyack – 13 March 1971; see Mormon Mavericks: Essays on Dissenters (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 15 April 2002), 261.