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|Title||Council, Chaos, and Creation in the Book of Abraham|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Smoot, Stephen O.|
|Journal||Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture|
|Keywords||Abraham (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).
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