Why do ancient texts support the Book of Abraham’s claim that Abraham was honored by kings – or on a throne?
Joseph Smith explains facsimile 3, figure 1 as follows:
Abraham sitting upon Pharaoh’s throne, by the politeness of the king, with a crown upon his head, representing the Priesthood, as emblematical of the grand Presidency in Heaven; with the scepter of justice and judgment in his hand.
This is not found in the Bible but Jeff Lindsay notes how this is consistent with other ancient texts such as:
The Book of Jasher
The Midrash Rabbah
The Babylonian Talmud
The Chronicles of Jerahmeel
The midrashic Hebrew text, Tanna debe Eliyahu
The writings of Nicophorus Gregoras
What are the odds Joseph Smith would have gotten this correct?
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