Book of Abraham Manuscript, circa July–circa November 1835–C [Abraham 1:1–2:18]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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H The land of Egypt being first discovered, by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham, and the daughter of Zeptah, which in the chaldea, signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden. Which When this woman discovered the land. it was under water, who after settled her sons in it, and thus from Ham, sprang that race, which preserved, the curse in the land.
H Now the first government, of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the eldest son of Egyptes, the daughter of Ham, and it was after the manner of <​the​> government of Ham, which was patriarchal, Pharaoh being a righteous man established his Kingdom, and judged his pople wisely and justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate, that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam, and also Noah his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth and with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the priesthood
H Now Pharaoh being of that lineage by which he could not have the right of priesthood, notwithstanding, the Pharaoh’s, would feign claim it. from Noah, through Ham, therefore, my father was led away, by them their Idolitry, but I shall endeavour hereafter to deliniate the chronology, runining back
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H The land of Egypt being first discovered, by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham, and the daughter of Zeptah, which in the chaldea, signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden. When this woman discovered the land. it was under water, who after settled her sons in it, and thus from Ham, sprang that race, which preserved, the curse in the land.
H Now the first government, of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the eldest son of Egyptes, the daughter of Ham, and it was after the manner of the government of Ham, which was patriarchal, Pharaoh being a righteous man established his Kingdom, and judged his pople wisely and justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate, that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam, and also Noah his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth and with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the priesthood
H Now Pharaoh being of that lineage by which he could not have the right of priesthood, notwithstanding, the Pharaoh’s, would feign claim it. from Noah, through Ham, therefore, my father was led away, by their Idolitry, but I shall endeavour hereafter to deliniate the chronology, runining back
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