Book of Abraham Manuscript, circa July–circa November 1835–B [Abraham 1:4–2:2]

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sign of the fifth degree of the first <​second​> part
<​S​> I sought for the <​mine​> appointment whereunto unto the priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed
my 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 heathens.
utterly 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 mahmachrah and the god of Pharoah King of Egypt.
Therefore they turned their hearts to the sacrafice of the heathens in offering up their children unt[o] these dumb Idols, and harkened not unto my voice, but endeavoured to take away my life, by the hand of the priest of Elkken[er]
the priest of Elkkener was also the priest of Pharaoh now at this time, it was the custom of the priest of Pharao[h] the King of Egypt to offer up, upon the altar which was built in the land
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<​R​>
of Chaldea for the offering unto these strang gods both men women and children and it came to pass, that the priest, mad[e] an offering unto the god of Pharaoh and also unto the god of <​Shagreel​>, even after the manner of the Egyptians.
(Now the god of Shagreel was the son sun) even a thank offering of a child did the preist of Pharaoh offer upon the altar which stood by the hill called Potiphers hill, at the head of the plain of Olishem
now this priest had offered upon this altar three virgins at one time who were the daughters of Onitah, one of the regular royal descent 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 altar
and 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, that is lying before you at the commencement of this record.
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<​q​> it was made after the form of a bed stead such as was had amon[g] 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​> was called by the Egyptians Chaldeans, Kahleenos.
And as they lifted up their hands, upon 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.
And 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 kins folks, into a strange land, which thou knowest not of, and this because their harts are turn they have turned their hearts away from me, to worship the god of Elkkener, and the god of Zibnah and of Mahmachrah and of the god of Pharoaoh King of Egypt; therefore I have come down to visit them and to destroy him who hath lifted up his hand against thee Abram, my son to 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
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<​P​>
and my power shall be over thee as it was with Noah, so shall it be with thee, that throug thy ministry, my name shall be known in the earth forever; for I am thy God.
Behold Potiphers hill was in the land of ur of Chaldea, and the Lord broke down the altar of Elkkener, and of the gods of the land, and utterly destroyed these them, and smote the priest, that he died, and their was great mourning in Chaldea, and also in the court of Pharaoh, which Pharaoh, signifies King by royal blood. Now this King of Egypt was a descendant, from the loins of Ham, and was a partaker of the blood of the canaanites, by birth from this descent sprang all the Egyptians, and thus the blood of the Canaanites was preserved in the land.
The land of Egypt. being first discovered, by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham, and the daughter of Zeptah, which in the Chaldea, signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden. When this woman discovered the land, it was under water, who after settled her sons in it; and thus from Ham sprang the <​that​> race, which preserved, the curse in the land.
Now the <​first​> government, of Egypt was established by Pharaoh, the Eldest son of Egyptes, the daughter of Ham, and it was after the manner of govermnent of Ham, which was patriarchal, Pharaoh being a righteous man established his Kingdom, and judged his pople, wise<​ly​> and justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate
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<​n​>
that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam; and also Noah his father, for in his days, who blessed him, with the blessings of the earth, and of <​with​> the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the priesthood.
Now Pharaoh being of that lineage, by which he could not have the right of priesthood, notwithstanding, the Pharaoh’s, would feign claim it, from Noah, through Ham, therefore, my father was led away, by their Idolitry but I shall endeavour hereafter to deliniate the chronology, runing back from myself to the beginning of the creation: for the records, have come into my hands, which I hold unto this present time.
Now after the priest of Elkkener was smiten that he died there came a fulfillment of those things which were spoken unto me, concerning the land of Chaldea, that there should be a famine in the land, and accordingly a famine prevailed, throughout all the land of Chaldea, and my father was sorely tormented, because of the famine, and he repented of the evil which he had determined against me, to take away my life, but the records of the fathers, even the patraarch’s, concerning the right of priesthood, the Lord my God preserved in mine own hands, therefore a Knowledge of the beginning of creation, and also of the planets and of the Stars, as it was made Known
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<​O​> unto the fathers, have I Kept even unto this day.
And I shall endeavour to write some of these things upon this record, for the benefit of my posterity that shall come after me,
Now the Lord God caused the famine to wax sore in the land of Ur, insomuch that Haran my brother died, but Terah my father yet lived, in the land of Ur of the Chaldeas, and it came to pass that I Abram took Sarai to wife and Nahor, my brother, took Milcah to wife.
Who was the daughter of Haran,
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