Book of Abraham Insights

Papyrus1

Chiasmus in the Book of Abraham

Book of Abraham Insight #24 Chiasmus, or inverted parallelism, is “a two-part [literary] structure or system in which the second half is a mirror image of the first, i.e. where the first term recurs last, and the last first.”1 Most Latter-day Saints who know about chiasmus have probably heard about

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Scribe

By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus

Book of Abraham Insight #23 In the current (2013) edition of the Pearl of Great Price, the Book of Abraham is prefaced with this explanatory note: “A Translation of some ancient Records that have fallen into our hands from the catacombs of Egypt. The writings of Abraham while he was

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Abrahamic Covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant

Book of Abraham Insight #22 One of the important doctrinal contributions of the Book of Abraham is its elaboration on the nature of the Abrahamic covenant (Abraham 2:6–11).1 While some details about the Abrahamic covenant can be read in the book of Genesis (12:1–5; cf. 26:1–4, 24; 28; 35:9–13; 48:3–4),

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Foreordination of Abraham

The Foreordination of Abraham

Book of Abraham Insight #21 One of the most important doctrinal teachings in the Book of Abraham is that of the pre-mortal existence of humankind and the foreordination of many “noble and great ones” to be rulers on earth (Abraham 3:22–28). Abraham himself was singled out as one who was

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Ancient Near Eastern Creation Myths

Ancient Near Eastern Creation Myths

Book of Abraham Insight #20 The Book of Abraham’s creation account (Abraham 4–5) shares an obvious relationship with the biblical creation account in Genesis (Genesis 1–2). However, it also shares common features with creation myths from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Turning to the Egyptian evidence, “the order of the creation

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Kolob

Creation from Chaos

Book of Abraham Insight #19 Creedal Christianity teaches that God created the universe ex nihilo or out of nothing. As explained by one scholar, The most widely accepted theistic explanation of initial creation is the theory that God created the universe from absolutely nothing. . . . Most major theologians

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Divine Council

The Divine Council

Book of Abraham Insight #18 One thing that differentiates the Book of Abraham’s account of the Creation from the biblical account in Genesis is that the Book of Abraham mentions plural “Gods” as the agents carrying out the Creation. “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they

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Kolob

Kolob, The Governing One

Book of Abraham Insight #17 One of the more memorable contributions of the Book of Abraham is its depiction of Kolob (Abraham 1:3–4, 9, 16; Facsimile 2, Fig. 1). According to the Book of Abraham, Kolob is characterized by the following features: It is a star.1 It is a “great

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