Many people try to use the Book of Abraham as an example of Joseph Smith’s supposed treachery in making up scripture. But recent research and the discovery of ancient texts point to the fact that the Book of Abraham is authentic.    The fact that Abraham was shown and given information about the stars and planets may seem odd to most Christians, because the Bible makes no reference to Abraham being interested in this information. However, as Daniel Peterson explains:
- Many post-biblical texts present an image of [Abraham] that [is in accordance] with what we are told in the book of Abraham. The first-century Jewish historian Josephus, for instance, quotes an earlier writer describing Abraham as "a man righteous and great, and skillful in the celestial science." In the Testament of Abraham 9–10, which originated in Egypt and dates to the first or second century A.D., the patriarch is caught up into heaven and given a spectacular view of the earth and all its inhabitants. Both the Jubilees, composed in the second century B.C., and the Muslim Qur’an, from the seventh century A.D., portray Abraham as a meditative contemplator of the skies (Daniel C. Peterson, “News from Antiquity,” Ensign, Jan. 1994, 16).
Kolob is also referenced in a song that was written in the early days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here is the text from this hymn:
If You Could Hie to Kolob, LDS Hymns, no. 284
- 1. If you could hie to Kolob
- In the twinkling of an eye,
- And then continue onward
- With that same speed to fly,
- Do you think that you could ever,
- Through all eternity,
- Find out the generation
- Where Gods began to be?
- 2. Or see the grand beginning,
- Where space did not extend?
- Or view the last creation,
- Where Gods and matter end?
- Methinks the Spirit whispers,
- “No man has found ‘pure space,’
- Nor seen the outside curtains,
- Where nothing has a place.”
- 3. The works of God continue,
- And worlds and lives abound;
- Improvement and progression
- Have one eternal round.
- There is no end to matter;
- There is no end to space;
- There is no end to spirit;
- There is no end to race.
- Text: William W. Phelps, 1792–1872
- Music: English melody, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872–1958, from the English Hymnal. Used by permission of Oxford University Press. Making copies without written permission of the copyright owner is prohibited
For more information see "A Sci-Fi Connection in LDS Theology?" by Jeff Lindsey