"....Using resources from inside and outside the Latter-day Saint community,
Bradshaw offered a new vision of the messages found in the work of Joseph Smith
as recorded in the Book of Moses...."______________________________I’m a bit startled at seeing this article refer to the Book of
Moses as “the work of Joseph Smith.” I hope that’s not a
typo. It’s still common seeing LDS writers refer to Joseph Smith’s
revision of the King James Bible as "the Joseph Smith translation."
Hopefully, that too will change in time.
Craig Clark, are you referring to a different article? I can't find the
passage you cite in this one.
Verdad,Yes, there is a second article by Mike Whitmer on the same
volume Peterson's column is about. Whitmer's article is the discussion
my post was intended for. I don't know how it got placed in here unless I
got the two mixed up. Sorry for the confusion.
RE: The Book of Moses. The first 6 chapters of Genesis(JST)contains 311 verses,
While the Septuagint and Masoretic texts contain 184 verses. JST adds 27
verses which are not supported by the Septuagint and Masoretic texts.
i.e…,Moses 7:8 "a blackness came upon all the children of
Canaan.."Moses 7:22 "for the seed of Cain were black and had not place
among them."(Genesis 4:15 NET)Then the Lord put a special mark*
on Cain so that no one who found him would strike him down. Hebrew=*sign; “reminder.” The term “sign” is not used
in the translation because it might imply to an English reader that God hung a
sign on Cain. The text does not identify what the “sign” was. It
must have been some outward, visual reminder of Cain’s special protected
God declares let US create man in OUR own image. No clue to the identities of
those others in whatever pantheon he was consulting. He creates man from the
dust of the Earth, like Prometheus who fashioned the first humans from clay.
Prometheus gives them fire to use as a tool in building civilization like Adam
and Eve daring to explore knowledge. The serpent is punished by God just as
Prometheus incurs the wrath of Zeus for tampering with mortal fate.The origins of both traditions vanish in the mist. Their similarities may be
coincidental or may draw on common sources, possibly each other. There are
multiple ways to interpret Genesis with its accounts of men who lived to be 800
years old or older. Starting with God sternly warning Adam and Eve, then
scolding and punishing them when they disobey, it sets a tone that sounds like
parents and children suffering through generational struggles and human striving
to become something new.