Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Times of Reckoning and Set Times in Abraham 3

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
6/23/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
20 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Abrahamic Astronomy, book of abraham, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, lds, Mormonism, Pearl of Great Price

Abstract: The third chapter of Abraham considers two types of times regarding the moon, the earth, and the planets: “times of reckoning” and “set times.” A straightforward interpretation of these two times, if correct, sheds light on the cosmology known to Abraham. “Times of reckoning” may be understood as the times of celestial movements directly observed or reckoned by someone standing on the surface of the earth. Observed from the earth’s surface, times of reckoning would naturally have a geocentric perspective. “Set times,” on the other hand, may refer to times of motion established or set by God. These would be the orbital motions intrinsic to the bodies themselves. With this interpretation, Abraham 3:5‒10 may be an account of God elevating Abraham’s knowledge of heavenly motions from that which is seen and measured by looking at the sky to that which actually exists in space. Such knowledge provided a natural means for Abraham to teach Pharaoh of the supremacy of God.

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