Book of Abraham Insights

The Plain of Olishem

Book of Abraham Insight #3 The opening chapter of the Book of Abraham mentions a location named “the plain of Olishem” (Abraham 1:10). It isn’t clear from the text whether the plain itself was Olishem, or whether some city or region in the area to which the plain was adjacent

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Human Sacrifice

Book of Abraham Insight #2 The Book of Abraham begins with an account of the biblical patriarch Abraham almost being sacrificed to “dumb idols” and “strange gods” (Abraham 1:7–8). The form of sacrifice practiced by Abraham’s kinsmen in Ur (vv. 8, 13) was said to be “after the manner of

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Abraham by Emily Gordon side-by-side with an image of the statue of Idrimi via the Maxwell Institute.

Abraham and Idrimi

Book of Abraham Insight #1 The Book of Abraham narrates the life of the biblical patriarch in a first-person autobiographical voice. The book begins: “In the land of the Chaldeans, at the residence of my fathers, I, Abraham, saw that it was needful for me to obtain another place of

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