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Council, Chaos, and Creation in the Book of Abraham

TitleCouncil, Chaos, and Creation in the Book of Abraham
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSmoot, Stephen O.
JournalJournal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture
KeywordsAbraham (Prophet); Ancient Near East; Chaos; Cosmos; Council; Creation; Pearl of Great Price

The Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price depicts the creation, including the motifs of the divine council, primeval chaos, and creation from preexisting matter. This depiction fits nicely in an ancient Near Eastern cultural background and has strong affinities with the depiction of the cosmos found in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern texts (especially Egyptian and Mesopotamian).