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An Early Christian Context for the Book of Moses
|Title||An Early Christian Context for the Book of Moses|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Adam (Prophet); Baptism; Book of Moses; Early Christian History; Early Christianity|
This study argues that the Book of Moses was an early Christian text. The book’s language, literary genre, and references to its own production could fit with a date in the late first century ad. Further, the study argues that a possible ritual context of the book was a baptismal ritual, as suggested by the detailed description of Adam’s baptism in Moses 6. A comparison between the content of the Book of Moses and early Christian sources on baptism shows some close resemblances, which may suggest that the Book of Moses was read aloud, and perhaps portrayed as a ritual drama, on sacred space during a baptismal ritual.
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