Old Testament

Week 3: The Creation

Genesis 1–2; Moses 2–3; Abraham 3–4

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21 September 2017


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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:


“Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation: Some Precursors to Reading Genesis,” a presentation by LDS scholar Ben Spackman at the August 2017 FairMormon Conference in Provo, Utah.

Retired BYU professor Bill Hamblin explored the meaning of the word firmament in the Genesis creation account. (This video is part of his “Biblical explorations” series on Genesis 1.)