Week 3: The Creation
Genesis 1–2; Moses 2–3; Abraham 3–4
21 September 2017
- Benjamin Spackman, “Misunderstanding the Bible,” LDS Perspectives Podcast #45 (19 July 2017). In this enlightening interview, Spackman, a Latter-day Saint Ph.D. student at Claremont University, explains the concept of genre and how it’s important to understanding the Book of Genesis. In “Genesis 1,” LDS Perspectives Podcast #71 (20 December 2017), Spackman discusses what many scholars believe the priestly scribes were writing about in the book of Genesis.
- John Gee, William J. Hamblin, and Daniel C. Peterson, “‘And I Saw the Stars’: The Book of Abraham and Ancient Geocentric Astronomy,” Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant, eds. John Gee and Brian M. Hauglid (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 2005), 1–16. The authors demonstrate how the astronomy described in chapter 3 of the Book of Abraham lines up exactly with other Ancient Near Eastern geocentric cosmological models.
- Kevin L. Barney, “Examining Six Key Concepts in Joseph Smith’s Understanding of Genesis 1:1,” BYU Studies 39, no. 3 (2000): 107–24. In the spring of 1844, Joseph Smith preached two sermons in Nauvoo about the first verse in the Old Testament. In this article, LDS scholar Kevin Barney discusses Joseph’s understanding of the Hebrew of Genesis 1:1.
- Duane E. Jeffrey, “Seers, Savants, and Evolution: The Uncomfortable Interface,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 8, no. 3–4 (Fall/Winter 1973): 41–75.
- Richard Sherlock, “‘We Can See No Advantage to a Continuation of the Discussion’: The Roberts/Smith/Talmage Affair,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 13, no. 3 (Fall 1980): 63–78.
- Jeffrey R. Keller, “Discussion Continued: The Sequel to the Roberts/Smith/Talmage Affair,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 15, no. 1 (Spring 1982): 79–98.
The Book of Abraham is an excellent example of an ancient geocentric cosmology: The celestial bodies “standeth above the earth…one planet above another, until thou come nigh unto [the star] Kolob…[which] is set nigh unto the throne of God” (Abraham 3:5, 9). This image models the cosmology of Abraham 3:1–18: