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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]

therefore they were killed upon this altar.
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 altar, and that you might have a knowledge of this altar, I will refer you to the representation, at the commencement of this record.
HIt was made after the form of a bed-stead such as was had among the Chaldeans, and it stood before the gods, of Elkkener. Zibnah Mahmachrah and also, a god like unto that of Pharaoh King of Egypt that you may have an understanding of these gods, I have given you the fassion of them, in the figures at the beginning, which manner of figures is called by the Chaldeans Rahleenos.
HAnd as they lifted up their hands, up on me, that they might offer me up, and take away my life, behold I lifted up my voice, unto the Lord my God, and the Lord hearkened, 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 knds-folks, into a strange land,
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therefore they were killed upon this altar.
HAnd it was done after the manner of the  Egyptians, and it came to pass, that the prie sts, laid violence upon me, that they  might slay me also, as they did those  Virgins, upon this altar, and that you m ight have a knowledge of this altar, I will  refer you to the representation, at the comme ncement of this record.
HIt was made after the form of a bed-stead  such as was had among the Chaldeans,  and it stood before the gods, of Elkkener.  Zibnah Mahmachrah and also, a god  like unto that of Pharaoh King of Egypt  that you may have an understanding  of these gods, I have given you the fas sion of them, in the figures at the beginn ing, which manner of figures is called by  the Chaldeans Rahleenos.
HAnd as they lifted up their hands, up  on me, that they might offer me up, and  take away my life, behold I lifted up my  voice, unto the Lord my God, and the  Lord hearkened, 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 knds-folks, into a strange land,
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Book of Abraham Manuscript, Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OH, ca. summer–fall 1835; handwriting of William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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and Warren Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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; 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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