Monday, 28 December 2009

Q. abraham pharaoh and astronomy

Abraham is reasoning upon the principles of Astronomy, in the king’s court.

i have never heard/learned of anything about astronomy in the lds church. i would like someone to expound on this...

Q. what is the significance of astronomy in the lds church?

update: i just found an article containing a section called Abrahamic Astronomy, mentioning that abraham possibly even taught astrology to the egyptians:
The great Christian historian Eusebius of Caesarea, who lived in the late third and early fourth centuries, preserves an even earlier account in his Praeparatio Evangelica; it has Abraham going to Egypt and there teaching astronomy or astrology both to the priests of Heliopolis and to the Egyptian king himself.

another interesting reference to abraham, egypt and astronomy:
what are we to understand about the nature of Book of Abraham astronomy? Is it a revelation from God to Abraham explaining the structure of the universe as it would be seen by the astronomers of our day? Or should we remember that “The Lord said unto me: Abraham, I show these things unto thee before ye go into Egypt, that ye may declare all these words.” Abra. 3:15, so that, as John Gee has suggested ("The Larger Issue"), this is simply the teaching that would be easiest for the Egyptians to understand — one that would teach them that Elohim, who dwells near Kolob, rules over than the sun-god, Amen-Re?

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