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Book of Abraham, Early 1842

vah, and I know the end from the begin ning, therefore, my hand shall be over  thee, and I will make of thee a great na tion, and I will bless thee above measure,  and make thy name great among all na tions, and thou shalt be a blessing unto  thy seed after thee, that in their hands  they shall bear this ministry and priest hood unto all nations; and I will bless them  through thy name; for as many as re ceive this gospel shall be called after thy  name, and shall be accounted thy seed,  and shall rise up and bless thee, as unto  their father, and I will bless them that  bless thee, and curse them that curse  thee, and in thee, (that is, in thy  Priesthood) and in thy seed, (that  is thy Priesthood,) for I give unto thee a  promise that this right shall continue in  thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to  say, the literal seed, or the seed of the  body,) shall all the families of the earth  be blessed, even with the blessings of the  gospel, which are the blessings of salva tion, even of life eternal.
12. Now, after the Lord had withdrawn  from speaking to me, and withdrawn his  face from me, I said in mine heart, thy  servent has sought thee earnestly, now I  have found thee. Thou didst send thine  angel to deliver me from the Gods of El kenah, and I will do well to hearken unto  thy voice, therefore let thy servant rise  up aud depart in peace. So I, Abram,  departed as the Lord had said unto me,  and Lot with me, and I, Abram, was six ty and two years old when I departed out  of Haran. And I took Sarai, whom I  took to wife when I was in Ur, in Chal dea, and Lot, my brother’s son, and all  our substance that we had gathered, and  the souls that we had won in Haran, and  came forth in the way to the land of Ca naan, and dwelt in tents, as we came on  our way: therefore, eternity was our cov ering, and our rock, and our salvation, as  we journeyed from Haran by the way of  Jershon, to come to the land of Canaan.
13. Now I, Abram, built an altar in  the land of Jershon, and made an offering  unto the Lord, and prayed that the fam ine might be turned away from my fa ther’s house, that they might not perish;  and then we passed from Jershon through  the land, unto the place of Sechem. It  was situated in the plains of Moreh, and  we had already came into the borders of  the land of the Canaanites, and I offered  sacrifice there in the plains of Mo[r]eh, and  called on the Lord devoutly because we  had already come into the land of this  idolatrous nation. [p. 706]
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As discussed in the general introduction to the Book of Abraham manuscripts on this website, JS and his scribes Oliver Cowdery, William W. Phelps, Frederick G. Williams, and Warren Parrish spent considerable time in 1835 engaged in two separate yet related endeavors: a language-study effort that produced a number of Egyptian alphabet and grammar manuscripts; and the translation of the Book of Abraham, which yielded several Abraham manuscripts. However, none of their work related to Abraham appeared in print until 1842. At that time a portion, if not all, of the Abraham material available was published at Nauvoo, Illinois, in three installments of the Times and Seasons, two in March and one in May of that year as the Book of Abraham.
The Times and Seasons text featured here did not divide the material into chapters, but did include thirty-two numbered verses. In contrast, later publication of these Abraham texts, including those in use today, arrange the thirty-two verses of the Times and Seasons version into five chapters containing 136 shorter verses.
The first of the three printed installments, published on 1 March 1842, included the first thirteen verses (what is currently Abraham 1:1–2:18) of JS’s translation, plus facsimile 1. The second installment, published under date of 15 March but actually printed on 19 March (Woodruff, Journal, 19 Mar. 1842), included verses 14–32 (currently Abraham 2:19–5:21), plus facsimile 2. Neither of the first two installments featured hieratic characters in the left margin of the text, as did some earlier manuscripts. The third and final Times and Seasons installment of the Book of Abraham was published on 16 May and featured only facsimile 3.
A document (Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–A [Abraham 1:1–2:18]) produced in late 1841 or early 1842 in Willard Richards’s handwriting likely served as a printer’s manuscript for the first installment described above (verses 1–13 and facsimile 1; currently Abraham 1:1–2:18). A second document (Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–B [Abraham 3:18–26], also in Richards’s hand, probably served as a printer’s manuscript for the second installment (verses 14–23; currently Abraham 3:18–26). Manuscripts for the contents of both facsimile 3 and the last nine verses in the Times and Seasons version of the Book of Abraham (currently Abraham 4:3–5:21) are not extant.
Evidence from multiple sources suggests that JS may have produced other Abraham material that is no longer extant. However, JS did not subsequently publish any additional Abraham texts. (Hauglid, Textual History of the Book of Abraham, 5–6.)

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