A. A. Ramseyer discusses the astronomy in the BOA; identifies Kolob as a "star" that governs other "planets."

May 1920
A. A. Ramseyer

A. A. Ramseyer, "The Book of Abraham," The Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star 82, no. 19 (May 1920): 298

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Chapter III. (verses 1-17) of the Book of Abraham deals with astronomy; this portion of the writings is supplemented by some of the explanations of cut or fac-simile No. 2: Kolob, signifying the first creation, is nearest to the celestial, or residence of God. There are several great governing stars which are near the throne of God. Kolob is the first in government, and the last pertaining to the measurement of time; one revolution of Kolob is a day unto the Lord, but one thousand years according to the reckoning of time kept on our earth. Kolob is the greatest of all stars because it is nearest unto the Lord, to govern all those planets which belong to the same order as the earth. Standing next to Kolob is Oliblish, which is the next grand governing creation near to the celestial or place where God dwells; holding the keys of power also, pertaining to other planets. Another governing planet is called in Egyptian: Enish-go-on-dosh, borrowing its light from Kolob through the medium of Kae-e-vanrash, which governs fifteen other fixed stars, etc., each globe being governed by some one higher in order, around which they move in their annual revolutions. In other words, the sun and other larger stars are circling around other centers

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