Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant

Proceedings of the 1999 Book of Abraham Conference

John Gee Brian M. Hauglid

This third volume in the series Studies in the Book of Abraham includes nine papers from a FARMS-sponsored conference on the Book of Abraham, one of the canonized works of scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Three papers on related subjects are also included. An assumption underlying the papers in this volume is that the Book of Abraham is both an authentic and ancient text.

In seeking to illuminate the background of the Book of Abraham from historical, geographical, cultural, scientific, and doctrinal perspectives, these studies deal with three broad themes: astronomy in the Book of Abraham, the Joseph Smith Papyri, and the nature of the Abrahamic covenant. As a whole, the research highlighted in this volume affirms that the Book of Abraham is what it claims to be—an ancient text. This becomes clear, for example, when certain nonbiblical themes reflected in the text are found to abound in extrabiblical traditions from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

About the Editor

John Gee

John Gee (Ph.D. in Egyptology, Yale University) is William "Bill" Gay Assistant Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, where he is a series editor for Studies in the Book of Abraham and a member of the editorial board of the Eastern Christian Texts series. He is also on the board of directors for the Aziz S. Atiya Fund for Coptic Studies at the University of Utah.

Series Editors

John Gee

John Gee (Ph.D. in Egyptology, Yale University) is William "Bill" Gay Assistant Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, where he is a series editor for Studies in the Book of Abraham and a member of the editorial board of the Eastern Christian Texts series. He is also on the board of directors for the Aziz S. Atiya Fund for Coptic Studies at the University of Utah.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Abbreviations
  • And I Saw the Stars – The Book of Abraham and Ancient Geocentric Astronomy
  • Astronomy and the Creation in the Book of Abraham
  • Cedars and Stars: Enduring Symbols of Cosmic Kingship in Abraham's Encounter with Pharoah
  • Abraham's Visions of the Heavens
  • The Creation of Humankind, and Allegory?: A Note on Abraham 5:7, 14–16
  • We Beg You, Our King! Some Reflections on the Jews in Persian and Ptolemaic Egypt
  • Facsimile 3 and Book of the Dead 125
  • The Facsimiles and Semitic Adaptation of Existing Sources
  • The Book of Abraham and Muslim Tradition
  • Sarah and Hagar: Ancient Women of the Abrahamic Covenant
  • The Redemption of Abraham
  • A Wanderer in a Strange Land: Abraham in America, 1800–1850
  • Citation Index
  • Subject Index—First Half
  • Subject Index—Second Half
  • Foreign Terms Used in this Volume
  • Contributors
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 2005
  • ISBN 13: 978-0934893764
  • Page Count: 224
  • Format: hardcover
  • Price: $ 89.95
  • Imprint: FARMS

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