Abraham in Egypt

The Book of Abraham, one of the canonized works of Latter-day Saint scripture brought forth by the Prophet Joseph Smith, has been attacked by critics since its publication in 1842. In Abraham in Egypt, LDS scholar Hugh Nibley draws on his erudition in ancient languages, literature, and history to defend the book on historical and doctrinal grounds.

Nibley examines the Book of Abraham’s striking connections with ancient texts and Egyptian religion and culture. He discusses the book’s many nonbiblical themes that are found in apocryphal literature not known or available in Smith’s day. In opening up many other lines of inquiry, Nibley lays an essential foundation for further research on the biblical patriarch Abraham.

This enlarged, second edition of Nibley’s classic 1981 work of the same title updates the endnotes, includes many illustrations, and adds several chapters taken from a series of articles in the Improvement Era entitled “A Look at the Pearl of Great Price,” which Nibley wrote between 1968 and 1970.

Table of Contents

  • Key to Abbreviations
  • Foreword
  • Editor's Preface
  • Author's Preface to the First Edition
  • The Book of Abraham and the Book of the Dead
  • Joseph Smith and the Sources
  • Joseph Smith and the Critics
  • Setting the Stage—The World of Abraham
  • The Rivals
  • Pharaoh and Abraham: Where Is Thy Glory?
  • The Sacrifice of Isaac
  • The Sacrifice of Sarah
  • All the Court's a Stage: Facsimile 3, a Royal Mumming
  • A Pioneer Mother
  • The Trouble with Ham
  • The Deseret Connection
  • Conclusion: A Rough Recapitulation
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 2000
  • ISBN 13: 978-1573455275
  • Page Count: 744
  • Illustration(s): 0
  • Binding: hardcover
  • Price: $ 39.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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