“Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born”
This “Study Notes” portion on the Book of Abraham explores this book of scripture from a literary and historical perspective, and explains why some people have a hard time reconciling an academic approach with the way the Book of Abraham is presented in Church. A discussion of the purpose of scripture and the nature of inspiration brings the two perspectives together.
Class Reading:Abraham 3; D&C 138; Moses 4:1–4
Additional Reading: Isaiah 14:12–15; Revelation 12:7–9; Alma 13:3–5; D&C 29:36–39
Other Reading: None
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The discussion with David, Joshua and Maxine at times gets technical and runs long, but is worth the time and effort.
You can access the Annotated Reading here.
You can access my Lesson Notes here.
Lesson Part 3
Book of Abraham: Intro
Book of Abraham: BCC Blog Reading
Purpose of Scripture
Discussion Part 3
Book of Abraham: Apostasy Catalyst
Historicity of Abraham
Scripture Does Not Equal History
Joseph Smith: Inspired Translator
Pondering on Priesthood Doctrine
- Introduction to the papyri, Joseph Smith Papers project
- Foreordination, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
- Check out these other articles relating to Pre-earth life in the EoM.
- The Doctrines of the Gospel manual on foreordination
- The Church’s recent statement on race and the priesthood
- Kevin Barney’s thorough post about the background of the Book of Abraham (the one I read in the lesson)
- “The Facsimiles and Semitic Adaptation of Existing Sources”
- Post about the psychology of foreordination on By Common Consent
- Benjamin the Scribe’s post on this lesson… He will also be covering the Sunday School lessons, so be on the lookout for many other resources this year.
Also consult his very worthwhile extra resources:
- The Anchor Bible Dictionary’s article on the pre-existence of the soul (written by BYU professor Kent Brown)
- Charles Harrel, “The Development of the Doctrine of Preexistence, 1830–1844″ BYU Studies 28:2 PDF.
- Teryl and Fiona Givens, The God Who Weeps, chapter 2, is all about the premortal existence. It’s an excellent book. See Rosalynde Welch’s review here, Julie Smith’s review here, and Adam Miller’s semi philosophical discussion of chapter 2 here.
Thanks to James Estrada for going above and beyond to get this episode out in time, and to to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.
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