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William W. Phelps and Warren Parrish Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Summer–Fall 1835 [Abraham 1:1–2:18]

William W. Phelps and Warren Parrish Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Summer–Fall 1835 [Abraham 1:1–2:18]

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William W. Phelps handwriting begins.  

 
[Ch]aracter
Translation of the Book of Abraham written  by his own hand upon papyrus and found  in the CataCombs of Egypts
H11In the land of the Chaldeans, at the residince of my
H2fathers, I, 2Abraham, 1saw, that it was needful  for me to obtain another place of residence, and see ing there was greater happiness and peace and rest,  for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and  the right whereunto I should be ordained to admin ister the same: Having been a follower of righteousness;
Hdesiring one <to be> one who possessed great  Knowledge; a greater follower of righteous ness; <a possessor of greater Knowledge;> a father of many nations; a prince  of peace; one who keeps the commandments of  God; a righful heir; a high priest, holding  the right belonging to the fathers, from the be begining of time; even from the begining, or  before the foundation of the earth, down to  the present time; even the right of the first  born, or the first man, who is Adam,  or first father, through <the> fathers, unto me.

William W. Phelps handwriting ends; Warren Parrish begins.  

 
H
I 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 com mandments, which the Lord their  God had given unto them, unto the  worshiping of the gods of the heath ens.
Hutterly refused to hearken to my voice  for their hearts were set to do evil, and  were wholly turned to the god of Elkkener  and the god of Zibnah and the god of
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Book of Abraham Manuscript, Kirtland, OH, ca. summer–fall 1835; handwriting of William W. Phelps and Warren Parrish; ten 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), 60–61; 112–147.

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