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Exclusive cutout of the "dove" lifted from the print of the Times and Seasons published in 1842


Book of Abraham Facsimile No. 2 (Printed copy from lost Mormon Papyrus)

Original Mormon Manuscript Drawing of the Hypocephalus Papyrus (round disc) for Facsimile No. 2
(The nondescript sections having no content reflect the damage papyrus or lucuna)

Manuscript for Book of Abraham Facsimile No. 2,
Fig. 7 (bottom row, left)

No. 7  (The head and eye of the "Dove" drawn at far upper left)

No 7. Represents God sitting upon his throne,

revealing, through the heavens, the grand

key words of the Priesthood; as also, the sign

of the Holy Ghost unto Abraham, in the form

of a dove.

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Times and Seasons Publication

. . . . "the sign of the Holy Ghost unto Abraham, in the form of a dove."

Joseph Smith was responsible for the printing of the Book of Abraham and Explanations of Facsimile No. 2. The revelations given thereby were solely of his doing according to the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

The Explanation for Facsimile No. 2, Fig 7, was established upon Smith’s work of having to recreate the missing image within the register of the Hypocephalus because the papyrus was damaged (lacuna) and only the head of the animal in question remained intact. Smith worked as the chief editor of the Times and Seasons and directed his craftsman (Reuben Hedlock) concerning the arrangement of the missing hieroglyphs and to recreate the lost image upon the engraving plate.

The inspired translation of the ancient record was officially published by Joseph Smith as a revelation to the entire world. As far as Smith was concerned it was expected that the LATTER-DAY SAINTS accept his offering as a gift from God and that the public at large should trust in his revelation of restoring the papyrus correctly and the interpretations therein are true and correct. Smith said: “The translation is given as far as we have any right to give at the present time”. Smith knew the ancient hieroglyphic language was dead and challenged the world to contribute to the cause in understanding Egyptology, wherein he said in reference to Fig. 11, “If the world can find out these numbers, so let it be”.


Modern Egyptology positively confirms the lacuna at left in Fig. 7 depicting a "dove" as penciled in by Smith is incorrect and is actually a serpent.

Compare Egyptian Late Period HYPOCEPHALUS funerary scenes featuring the ithyphallic serpent god Nehebkau standing correctly in classic Egyptian form before the enthroned god, Min.

Ithyphallic serpent god, Nehebkau, featured in the lower left registers:

Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 BCE

Hypocephalus of Tasheritkhons inscribed with Chapter 162 of the Book of the Dead

Compare Joseptology with Egyptology:

DOVE portrayed by Joseph Smith

1. Dove (bird) penciled in by Smith

2. Magical forearms stretch forward and embrace the Eye of Horus

3. No Magical legs or feet other than a protruding stub

4. No erect phallus and is therefore impotent

5. The head, body, feet, and tail of the bird does not fill the register according to standard Egyptian conventions and appears broken and out of balance

SERPENT portrayed by ancient scribe

1. Serpent (snake) originally drawn by ancient scribe)

2. Magical forearms stretch forward and embrace the Eye of Horus

3. Magical legs in classic Egyptian pose with feet planted firm

4. Erect phallus symbolizing sexual fertility

5. The head, body, feet, and tail of the serpent extends the height of the register according to conventional standards and is balanced therein


Nehebkau (also spelled Nehebu-Kau) is the primordial snake god in Ancient Egyptian mythology. Although originally considered an evil spirit, he later functions as a funerary god associated with the afterlife. As one of the forty-two assessors of Ma’at, Nehebkau was believed to judge the deceased after death and provide their souls with ka - the part of the soul that distinguished the living from the dead.

Nehebkau was ultimately considered a powerful, benevolent and protective deity. In late mythology, he is described as a companion of the sun god Re and an attendant of the deceased King. As he is so closely associated with the sun god, his name was evoked in magical spells for protection. His festival was widely celebrated throughout the Middle and New Kingdoms.

Nehebkau's name - also spelled Neheb-Kau and Nhb-K3w - has been translated in many ways by Egyptologists. These translations include: “that which gives Ka”; “he who harnesses the spirits”; the “overturner of doubles”; “collector of souls”; “provider of goods and foods” and “bestower of dignities”. Nehebkau is the “original snake”of Egyptian mythology, and was believed to be both an ancient and eternal god. Although he is occasionally represented as a son of Serket, Renenutet or Geb, he is sometimes believed to have simply "emerged from the earth". He was believed to have lived in the Great Temple of Heliopolis, which was also the centre of worship for Re and Atum.

above quote by: WIKIPEDIA

It’s of infinite importance to note that the Egyptian deity Nehebkau bore no relation whatsoever to vile Asiatic cult beliefs perpetuated by Israel, moreover, to the biblical god, Jehovah. Historically, both religious and cultural, Nehebkau and Jehovah were mutual enemies! The Egyptian gods, all of them, were a direct affront to Israel’s god – being shamed by Israel’s prophets as dumb idols or a collective abomination of false worship. Likewise, the Egyptians had no place in their pantheon for the Hebrew god who was addicted to blood and animal sacrifice.

It could be argued that Joseph Smith attempted to Christianize his Egyptian papyrus by introducing a biblical dove into the narrative. The dove was given as a sign at Christ's baptism as recorded in the bible: "The Spirit of God descending like a dove" and the "Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove". It's interesting to note that the bible does NOT use the phrase "in the form of a dove" with reference to the Spirit of God, but the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants do! This leads us to conclude that the phrase "in the form of a dove" was a Joseph Smith construct, a Mormon convention in describing the manifestation of the Holy Spirit when a dove is present: 

"And the Lamb of God went forth and was baptized of him; and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come down out of heaven and abide upon him in the form of a dove" (1 Ne 11:27)

"Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove." (2 Ne 31:8) 

"And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son." (D&C 93:15)

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A prophet and seer failed to see what was before the lacuna!

A seer who can't see!

Joseph Smith's translations suck no matter how you look at it!

If only Joseph had known. But, he didn't.