Old Testament Lesson #1
Knowledge of God's work and glory was revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith as he studied, translated, and amended the Bible. This knowledge tells us about God, that he is interested in humans, and about people, that they are worthy of his love.
Moses' Encounter with God and Satan
"'Where Is Thy Glory?' Moses 1, the Nature of Truth, and the Plan of Salvation," Dan Belnap, Religious Educator (2009)
Examines what Moses learned from his encounters with God and Satan. By affirming that Moses is His son, God acknowledges Moses' faithfulness and status as an heir. Satan's attack was meant to terrify him in the hope that he would abandon his attempt to engage with God. Fear is one of Satan's most powerful tools.
Study of the Book of Moses
The book of Moses has a parallel in Jubilees 1, an extracanonical ancient text; both have a prologue providing the setting for the subsequent divine revelation about the creation. Other ancient Jewish sources parallel aspects of the book of Moses: Moses' theophany as an ascension, his transfiguration, the timing of the theophany, a confrontation of Satan, a visions of worlds without number.
"Worlds without Number: The Astronomy of Enoch, Abraham, and Moses," R. Grant Athay, BYU Studies Vol. 8, no. 3 (1968).
Imagine Moses' awe at the startling revelation of other worlds and their eventual deaths. Moses knew the stars; it's likely that common folk of ancient days knew more astronomy than the average educated person today. This article discusses the cycles of moons, eclipses, conditions for life on other planets, and quasars.
"Moses 1," Kent P. Jackson, in The Book of Moses and the Joseph Smith Translation Manuscripts (2005)
The original text of the Book of Moses from the Joseph Smith Translation, the manuscript named Old Testament 2 (OT2).
"Changes in the Book of Moses and Their Implications upon a Concept of Revelation," James R. Harris, BYU Studies Vol. 8, no. 4 (1968)
Chapter 1 of the book of Moses can be regarded as an extensive restoration of material that can be accepted without qualification. Chapters 2 and 3 contain very modest corrections, and it is obvious that a more extensive change should have been made. A comparison of Moses 2 with Abraham 4 and the Masoretic (Hebrew) text of Genesis will help justify this point. This article compares the various texts of the book of Moses and tells the history of early publications of the text.
"How We Got the Book of Moses," Kent P. Jackson, Religious Educator (2002)
The book of Moses is an extract from Joseph Smith's New Translation of the Bible. It was revealed to the Prophet in 1830 and in early 1831, not long after the organization of the Church. This article is a brief introduction to the origin of the book of Moses and the Bible translation from which it derives.
The book (in 2 vols.) In God's Image and Likeness: Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Book of Moses, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen, is an exhaustive study of the book of Moses, providing commentary along with quotations from the works of from LDS leaders, scholars, and artists. Eric Eliason reviewed this book for BYU Studies Quarterly.