Facsimiles 2–3: Abraham Taught the Egyptians

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 46

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Facsimiles 2 and 3. Abraham Taught the Egyptians

Read Abraham 3:15. Assign students to study Facsimiles 2 and 3, including the explanations of the facsimiles, and have them make a list of what Abraham taught the Egyptians. Ask: How did the Egyptians respond to the teachings of Abraham? (see Facsimile 3, figure 1). Ask students why they think the Egyptians had so much respect for Abraham and the truths he taught.

Facsimile 2. A Hypocephalus

Review with students the information under “Facsimile 2. General Information” in the student manual (p. 39). Discuss what a hypocephalusis, and how and why it was used by the ancient Egyptians. You may want to make an overhead transparency of Facsimile 2 so you can point to the figures and their numbers as you discuss them with students. Use the explanations for the figures, along with the material in the student manual that pertains to Facsimile 2, figures 1–8 (pp. 39–40), to encourage students to think about these figures and try to understand their importance.

Facsimiles 1, 2, and 3. Review

Divide students into three groups and assign each group to study one of the facsimiles and make a list of gospel principles and doctrines that can be derived from it. Give each group a time limit, such as five minutes, and then have a representative from each group read their list to the class. Point out to students that even though we cannot understand everything in the Abraham facsimiles, there is much we can learn and understand from them.