The Wandering Mind


Book of Abraham

Posted in Mormonism,Old Testament,Religious History by wandren on 3 September 2007

BOOK OF ABRAHAM.
ITS AUTHENTICITY ESTABLISHED AS A DIVINE AND ANCIENT RECORD. WITH COPIOUS REFERENCES TO ANCIENT AND MODERN AUTHORITIES.
BY ELDER GEO. REYNOLDS.
[1879]

(This is a historical document which defends the authenticity of the controversial Book of Abraham, part of the canonical Pearl of Great Price. The Book of Abraham was purportedly translated from an Egyptian manuscript purchased by the Mormons from a traveling show in 1835, long before their trek to Utah. Joseph Smith quickly produced a translation of this document, claiming it was written by Abraham in his own hand.) [Introductory note from the owner and/or administrator of the above-linked site.]

“It is generally admitted that in the days of Abraham the forefathers of the Persians and Brahmins were one people, inhabiting one region of country. It is supposed that the ancestors of the latter race moved to India from 1500 to 1300 years B. C. That these two races are of common descent is urged from the close relationship existing between the Sanskrit, the language of the Brahmins, and the Zend or Persian; it is also said that the “remarkable identity between the Brahminical and Persian mythologies indicates, unerringly, the original union of the two.” It may also be noticed that Hitzig, in his “Geschichte dcs Volkes Israel,” reasons from the identity of certain practices observed by Abraham and the patriarchs of Israel on the one hand, and by Brahminical Hindoos on the other, that a community of some kind once existed between these people.”

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