An Interesting Article about the Book of Abraham


Isaiah
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Re: An Interesting Article about the Book of Abraham

Post#2 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:36 am


Isaiah
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Re: An Interesting Article about the Book of Abraham

Post#3 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:36 am

A quote from Fair Mormon:

There are many scriptures or statements by the prophets that seem to have scientific implications. Unfortunately, they are never couched in modern scientific terms and their meanings are often very obscure. So it is hard to decide who is more foolish — the faithful saint, who interprets them in a way that forces them into agreement with some current view of science, or the faithless critic, who purposely interprets them in a way that is most at odds with current scientific thought. The Book of Abraham quote cited in the criticism above has inspired both kinds of nonsense, including the interpretation found on the web site where this criticism appeared.

Isaiah
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Re: An Interesting Article about the Book of Abraham

Post#4 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:44 am

Warren Parrish (1838):
I have set by his side and penned down the translation of the Egyptian Heiroglyphicks as he claimed to receive it by direct inspiration of Heaven.


John Whitmer:
About the first of July 1835 there came a man having four Egyptian Mummies exhibiting them for curiosities, which was a wonder indeed! having also some r[e]cords connected with them which were found deposited with the Mummies, but there being no one skilled in the Egyptian language therefore could not translate the record, after this [e]xhibition Joseph the Seer saw these Record[s] and by the revelation of Jesus Christ could translate these records, which gave an account of our forefathers, even Abraham Much of which was written by Joseph of Egypt who was sold by his brethren. Which when all translated will be a pleasing history and of great value to the saints.


Wilford Woodruff:
Truly the Lord has raised up Joseph the Seer of the seed of Abraham out of the loins of ancient Joseph, & is now clothing him with mighty power & wisdom & knowledge....The Lord is Blessing Joseph with Power to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of God; to translate through the urim & Thummim Ancient records & Hyeroglyphics as old as Abraham or Adam.


The idea that Joseph Smith didn't need to be able to read a word of Egyptian in order to obtain the Book of Abraham from God was one of the first things that came to mind when I started praying and thinking about the situation.

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