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

Moses 1 and the Apocalypse of Abraham: Twin Sons of Different Mothers?

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
7/22/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
116 pages Perfect-bound
Category:
Religion
Tags:
Apocalypse of Abraham, Book of Moses, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, lds, Mormonism, Pearl of Great Price, temple text

Abstract: This article highlights the striking resemblances between Moses 1 and a corresponding account from the Apocalypse of Abraham (ApAb), one of the earliest and most important Jewish texts describing heavenly ascent. Careful comparative analysis demonstrates a sustained sequence of detailed affinities in narrative structure that go beyond what Joseph Smith could have created. The article also highlights important implications for the study of the Book of Moses as a temple text. Previous studies have suggested that the story of Enoch found in the Pearl of Great Price might be understood as the culminating episode of a temple text woven throughout chapters 2–8 of the Book of Moses. The current article is a conceptual bookend to these earlier studies, demonstrating that the account of heavenly ascent in Moses 1 provides a compelling prelude to a narrative outlining laws and liturgy akin to what could have been used anciently as part of ritual ascent within earthly temples.

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