History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 1​> in relation to progressive improvement in the scale of intelligent existence [HC 4:519]
I commenced publishing my translations of the Book of Abraham in the Times and Seasons as follows
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Explanation of the above cut. Fig 1,— The Angel of the Lord. 2 Abraham, fastened upon an Altar. 3 The idolatrous Priest of Elkenah attempting to offer up Abraham as a sacrifice. 4. The Altar for sacrifice, by the Idolatrous Priests, standing before the Gods of Elkenah, Libnah, Mahmackrah, Korash, and Pharaoh. 5. The Idolatrous God of Elkenah. 6. The Idolatrous God of Libnah. 7. The Idolatrous God of Mahmackrah. 8. The Idolatrous God of Korash. 9. The Idolatrous God of Pharaoh. 10. Abraham in Egypt. 11. Designed to represent the pillars of Heaven, as understood by the Egyptians. 12. Rawkeeyang, signifying expanse , or the firmament, over our heads, but in this case, in relation to this subject, the Egyptians meant it to signify Shaumau, to be high, or the heavens, answering to the Hebrew word <​Shaumahyeem​>. [HC 4:520]
A Translation of some Ancient Records that have fallen into our hands, from the Catacombs of Egypt, purporting to be the writings of Abraham, while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus.
The Book of Abraham.
In the Land of the Chaldeans, at the residence of my Father, I. Abraham, saw that it was needful for me to obtain another place of residence, and finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace; and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a high priest, holding the right belonging to the Fathers, it was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the Fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundations of the earth, to the present time, even the right of the first born, on the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers, unto me.
2. I sought for mine appointment unto the Priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers, concerning the seed. My [HC 4:524] fathers having turned from their [p. 1277]
March 1 in relation to progressive improvement in the scale of intelligent existence [HC 4:519]
I commenced publishing my translations of the Book of Abraham in the Times and Seasons as follows
[Image of Facsimile No. 1]
Explanation of the above cut. Fig 1,— The Angel of the Lord. 2 Abraham, fastened upon an Altar. 3 The idolatrous Priest of Elkenah attempting to offer up Abraham as a sacrifice. 4. The Altar for sacrifice, by the Idolatrous Priests, standing before the Gods of Elkenah, Libnah, Mahmackrah, Korash, and Pharaoh. 5. The Idolatrous God of Elkenah. 6. The Idolatrous God of Libnah. 7. The Idolatrous God of Mahmackrah. 8. The Idolatrous God of Korash. 9. The Idolatrous God of Pharaoh. 10. Abraham in Egypt. 11. Designed to represent the pillars of Heaven, as understood by the Egyptians. 12. Rawkeeyang, signifying expanse , or the firmament, over our heads, but in this case, in relation to this subject, the Egyptians meant it to signify Shaumau, to be high, or the heavens, answering to the Hebrew word Shaumahyeem. [HC 4:520]
A Translation of some Ancient Records that have fallen into our hands, from the Catacombs of Egypt, purporting to be the writings of Abraham, while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus.
The Book of Abraham.
In the Land of the Chaldeans, at the residence of my Father, I. Abraham, saw that it was needful for me to obtain another place of residence, and finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace; and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a high priest, holding the right belonging to the Fathers, it was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the Fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundations of the earth, to the present time, even the right of the first born, on the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers, unto me.
2. I sought for mine appointment unto the Priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers, concerning the seed. My [HC 4:524] fathers having turned from their [p. 1277]
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