THE ACADEMIC REVIEW., Brigham Young Academy, Provo Utah, March 1885 wrote:The mummies were identified as those of a king, a queen, a princess, and a slave.
John Taylor was President of the Church for seven years. One of his first acts as President was to canonize the Book of Abraham in 1880. Taylor assisted Joseph Smith with the original publication of the Book of Abraham including the Facsimiles in the Times and Seasons in 1842. Taylor would have known that the nose of Anubis was scraped out of the lead plate whereby the black slave was altered to appear differently than that of the papyrus. What’s interesting to note is the above statement by Brigham Young Academy was made while he was President of the Church. Taylor obviously supported the idea that two slaves were represented in Smith’s antiquities:
1. Slave Olimlah in Facsimile No. 3
2. Slave Mummy #4
Taylor would have known that the Olimlah slave was fictitious and that the appearance of the dog-headed man with a headcloth in the lead plate was altered in order to agree with Smith’s revelation given in the explanation that identifies the person as a slave. Taylor would have also supported the idea that Smith gave a revelation that one of the four mummies was a slave. This however, is absolutely ridiculous from an Egyptological point of view. Joseph Smith was wrong on both accounts with reference to slaves in his Egyptian antiquities.
Paul Osborne wrote:In conclusion, five years after the Book of Abraham was canonized under the direction of President John Taylor, the Brigham Young Academy published a statement clarifying the identity of the four mummies purchased by the Mormons. This declaration was made while Taylor was Church President, a key person who worked personally with Smith in publishing the Book of Abraham in the Times and Seasons. The President of the Church (John Taylor) got his information about the identity of the mummies and the papyrus rolls from the President of the Church (Joseph Smith) and nobody in the church then or today can refute that fact. The statement is final and stands even today.
Alteration, Deception, and Publication
The jackal nose would have been scraped out after a test run was made in which Anubis with his jackal snout would have appeared perfectly in the first printing. There are at least four persons who would have seen the original test run and would have known that the snout was hacked out of the lead plate and recommissioned for a new print.
1. Joseph Smith
2. Reuben Hedlock
3. John Taylor
4. Wilford Woodruff