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Extra-Biblical Details in the “Book of Abraham” Compared with Parallels in Published Sources Available to Joseph Smith in Early 19th Century America

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Adapted and expanded from an unpublished paper by the late Wesley P. Walters
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Extra-Biblical details in the Book of Abraham
compared with parallels in published sources available to Joseph Smith in early 19th century America

Abraham lived among idolaters

“My fathers, having turned from their righteousness ... unto the worshipping of the gods of the heathen ...” Abraham 1:5. “Abraham himself also, most agree, was bred up in the same idolatry” (Symon Patrick, et. al., A Critical Commentary and Paraphrase on the Old Testament, 1809, on Joshua 24:2).

Abraham's father, Terah, was an idolater

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