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Book of Abraham Excerpt, circa October 1835 [Abraham 1:4–2:6]

Book of Abraham Excerpt, circa October 1835 [Abraham 1:4–2:6]

HThat you may have an understanding of their gods I have  given you the fashion of them in the figures at the begining  which manner of figures is called by the Chaldians, Kah-lee –nos-—>
HAnd as they lifted up their hands upon me that they  might offer me up to and< and> take away my life behold I lifted up my  voice unto the Lord my God; and the lord harkened, and heard  and he filled me with a vision of the almighty and the angel of his  presence stood by my feet and immediately loosed my bands
HAnd his voice was unto me Abram Abram Behold  my name is Jehovah, and I have heard thee and have come  down to deliver thee, and to take thee away from thy fathers  house, and from all thy Kinsfolks, in to a strange land  which thou knowest not of, and this because their hearts  are turned they have turned their hearts away from  me to worship the god of Elk Kee-nah and the god of  Zibnah and of Mah–Mach-rah– and the god of  pharaoh King of Egypt. Therefore I have come down  to visit them, and to distroy him, who hath lifted up his  hand against thee Abraham Abram my son to distroy thy take  away thy life, Behold I will lead thee by my hand  and I will take thee, to put upon thee my name  even the priesthood of thy father, and my power  shall be over thee; as it was with Noah so shall it be  with thee, that through thy ministry, my name shall  be known, in the earth forever, for I am thy God
HBehold Potiphers hill was in the land of Ur of Chaldea  and the Lord broke down the alter of Elk-Keenah and of the gods of the land, and utterly distroyed them gods of the land  and smote the priests that he died and there was  great morning in Chaldean and also in the  court of Pharaoh which Pharaoh signifies King by  royal blood. Now this King of Egypt was  a discendent from the loins of Ham and was a  partaker of the blood of the Cananitess by birth:  From this decent sprang all the Egyptians  and thus the blood of the Cannites was preserved  in the land
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Book of Abraham Manuscript, Kirtland, OH, ca. Oct. 1835; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams; four pages; Book of Abraham Manuscripts, ca. 1837–1841, CHL.
Note: When an Egyptian hieratic character appears on the manuscript, it is represented by a stylized “H” in the transcript. The transcript of the Book of Abraham excerpt presented here is used with permission of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. It was published earlier, with some differences in style, in Brian M. Hauglid, A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions (Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, 2010), 66–81.

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