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Frederick G. Williams Copy of Abraham Manuscript, circa October 1835 [Abraham 1:4–2:6]

Frederick G. Williams Copy of Abraham Manuscript, circa October 1835 [Abraham 1:4–2:6]

HSign of the fifth degree of the Second part
HI sought for mine appointment unto the priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed
Hmy fathers having turned from their righteousness and from the holy commandments which the Lord their God had given unto them unto the worshiping of the Gods of the hethens
Hutterly refused to harken to my voice for their hearts were set to do evil and were wholly turned to the God of Elk=Kener and the God of Libnah and the God of Mah–mackrah and the God of Pharoah King of Egypt therefore they turned their hearts to the sacrafice of the heathens in offering up their children unto their dumb Idols and harkened not unto my voice but indeovered to take away my life by the hand of the priest of Elk=Kener
HThe priest of Elk=Keenah was also the priest of Pharoah, now at this time it was the custom of the priest of Pharaoh the King of Egypt to offer up upon the Alter which was built in the land of Chaldea for the offering unto these strange Gods both men, women, and children– and it came to pass that the priest made an offering unto the god of Pharaoh and also unto the god of Shag=reel even after the manner of the Egyptians now the god of Shag–reel was the Sun- even a thank offering of a child did the priest of Pharaoh offer upon the Alter which Stood by the hill called Potiphers hill at the head of the plain of Olishem
HNow this priest had offered upon this alter three virgins at one time who were the daughters of Onitah–one of the royal discent directly from the loins of Ham these virgins were offered up because of their virtue they would not bow down to worship Gods of wood, or of stone therefore they were Killed upon this alter
HAnd it was done after the manner of the Egyptians and it came to pass that the priests laid violence upon me that they might slay me also, as they did those virgins upon this alter, and that you might have a knowledge of this alter I will refer you [t]o the representation that is at the commencement of this record
HIt was made after, the form of a bedsted such as was had among the Chaldeans and it stood before the Gods of Elk-keenZibnah Mah-Mach-rah–and also a God like unto that of pharaoh King of Egypt
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HSign of the fifth degree of the first <Seccond> part
HI sought for <mine> the appointment whereunto unto the priesthood  according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concer ning the seed
Hmy fathers having turned from their righteousness and from  the holy commandments which the Lord their God had given  unto them unto the worshiping of the Gods of the hethens
Hutterly refused to harken to my voice for their hearts were set to  do evil and were wholly turned to the God of Elk<=>Kener and the  God of Libnah and the God of Mah–mackrah and  the God of Pharoah King of Egypt therefore they turned their  hearts to the sacrafice of the heathens in offering up their  children unto their dumb Idols and harkened not unto  my voice but indeovered to take away my life by the hand  of the priest of Elk=Kener
HThe priest of Elk=Keenah was also the priest of Pharoah, now at  this time it was the custom of the priest of Pharaoh the King of Egypt  to offer up upon the Alter which was built in the land of Chaldea  for the offering unto there these strange Gods both men, women,  and children– and it came to pass that the priest made  an offering unto the god of Pharaoh and also unto the  god of Shag=reel even after the manner of the Egyptians  now the god of Shag–reel was the Sun- even a thank offering  of a child did the priest of Pharaoh offer upon the Alter  which Stood by the hill called Potipher<s> hill at the head of the  plains of Olishem
HNow this priest had offered upon this alter three virgins  at one time who were the daughters of Onitah–one of the  regular royal discent directly from the loins of Ham  these virgins were offered up because of their virtue they  would not bow down to worship Gods of wood, or of stone  therefore they were Killed upon this alter
HAnd it was done after the manner of the Egyptians and it  came to pass the that the priests laid violence upon me  that they might slay me also, as they did those virgins  upon this alter, and that you might have a knowl edge of this alter <I will refer you [t]o the representation that is at the  com[men]cement of this record>
HIt was made after, the form of a bedsted such as was had  among the Chaldeans and it stood before the Gods of Elk-keen Zibnah Mah-Mach-rah–and als[o] a God like unto that of  pharaoh King of Egypt
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; 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 manuscript 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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