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Lesson 25-2: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Grain Measurement

TitleLesson 25-2: Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Grain Measurement
Publication TypeChart
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWelch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
PublisherScripture Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsGrain; Language - Egyptian; Nephite Monetary System; Weights and Measures

Egyptian hieroglyphs offer a parallel to King Mosiah’s monetary system. The grain measure in ancient Egypt was represented by the eye of Horus. Each part of the eye represented a fraction of the grain measure. There were six parts. The smallest measure was 1/64, represented by the tear duct; the next was 2/64, represented by the eyelash; and so on. The sum of all the parts equaled 63/64, which was considered the full measure. Mosiah's weights and measures were similarly exponential, with the largest equaling "the value of . . . all" (Alma 11:10) of the main lesser amounts. These similarities indicate that Nephite kings drew upon their Old World backgrounds well after their arrival in the New World.

Originally published as Chart 8-113 in Charting the Book of Mormon.


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